The Braves know one way to get Stephen Strasburg now. Draw him into town on the hottest day on record in Atlanta history and ambush him.
The Nationals ace lasted only three innings in the triple-digit heat Saturday afternoon, leaving the game pale and dizzy. By then the Braves had worked ahead of him with a three-run inning on their way to a 7-5 win.
The Braves won for the first time three games against Strasburg this season, and they’ll take it any way they can get it. Trying to hold steady until the All-Star break, they won for the first time in the past eight starts with either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado pitching, and only the second time in seven meetings with the Nationals this season.
“They’ve got great pitching, a great lineup, but so do we,” said Dan Uggla, who put the Braves ahead of Strasburg 3-2 with an RBI double in the third inning. “And it’s time we turned the corner with what’s been going on against them.”
The Braves scored a season-high seven