Next for Braves: Washington Nationals

Series preview: vs. Nationals

When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 4:05 p.m. Saturday (WPCH), 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52 ERA) vs. LH Ross Detweiler (4-3, 3.09)

Saturday: Braves LH Mike Minor (3-6, 6.14) vs. RH Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 2.60)

Sunday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-3, 3.58) vs. LH Gio Gonzalez (10-3, 2.78)

About the Braves:

Batting: Jason Heyward had a career-high 12-game hitting streak entering Thursday’s game, while hitting .455 (20-for-44) with 11 runs scored, four home runs and seven RBIs. Heyward had hit safely in 20 of his previous 24 games and was second in the majors with a .395 batting average in June. Chipper Jones homered Wednesday night to give him 252 homers at home games as a Brave. That moved him past Lou Gehrig and into a 12th place tie with Stan Musial in home-game homers for one team, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Pitching: The young pitching duo of Delgado and Minor has combined to go 0-4 with a 6.41 ERA in their past four turns in the rotation. Delgado didn’t make it out of the second inning his last time out, going 1 1/3 innings and giving up four runs in an 8-4 loss to Boston. He pitched eighth solid innings the outing before and still lost to Baltimore. Delgado is 2-4 with a 3.59 ERA at Turner Field this season, compared to 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA on the road.

Miscellaneous: The Braves have lost four out of five games to the first-place Nationals this season, getting their first win in the last meeting on June 3 in Washington when Tommy Hanson outpitched Gio Gonzalez.

About the Nationals:

Batting: First baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore is hitting 16-for-37 with three doubles, four home runs, 10 runs, 10 RBIs and three stolen bases in 12 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on June 7. The Nationals are 8-4 since his arrival. They have scored 33 runs in their past three games at Coors Field, though they lost 11-10 in 11 innings on Thursday.

Pitching: The Nationals have a 2.60 ERA against the Braves this season, allowing no more than four runs in a game, while holding Braves hitters to a .239 batting average. Detwiler just returned to the rotation, replacing the struggling Chien-Ming Wang, and threw five shutout innings against Baltimore in a 2-1 loss. Martin Prado is 6-for-12 with three doubles and a triple against Detwiler. Jack Wilson is 4-for-5 with a double against him.

Miscellaneous: Since struggling third baseman Ryan Zimmerman received a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder on Sunday, he has gone 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs and eight RBIs in five games.

-Carroll Rogers

9 comments Add your comment

bruce

June 28th, 2012
9:48 pm

lets sweep!!!!

Yogi Berra

June 28th, 2012
9:49 pm

Hawks just took John Jenkins from Vanderbilt..A damn good shooter.

Jarvis Jones

June 28th, 2012
10:06 pm

Good ab Hinske…we have no pinch hitting this year.

Norcal Brave

June 28th, 2012
10:12 pm

An over-the-hill bench, and proven hittters in the lineup who aren’t getting the job done.

BravesfaninWis

June 28th, 2012
10:19 pm

No excuses in this one, the Braves had many chances to win this game and they couldn’t get it done. How Young hit a 97 mph fastball for a HR off Kimbrel is beyond me, the dude got lucky as hell.

BravesFanInNashville

June 28th, 2012
10:37 pm

Fredi mismanaged this game tonight. Should have had Ventors in for the end of the 6th. He let JJ give up the tying double when he was obviously tired after pitching in the heat vs. a lefty-lefty matchup with Ventors. Then takes JJ out anyway the same inning. Two batters too late Fredi. Then he has Kimbrel pitch the 9th in a non save situation when he could have rested him. Wasn’t aggressive when we had runners in scoring position with less that two outs and Bourn at the plate. Why not bunt when we’re having trouble all night and that kind of speed at the plate and on the bases? Head scratcher here tonight.

CJ 10

June 29th, 2012
7:15 am

BIG QUESTION ????? FOR YOU FANS , AFTER JONES AND JETER RETIRE,,,

WHO HAD MORE IMPACT IN HIS OWN TEAM??? DEREK JETER OR CHIPPER JONES???

FOR ME CHIPPER JONES ,,,WITH A LOT OF STARS IN THE YANKEES JETER LOOK LIKE A SINGLES HITTER….

AND CHIPPER ALWAYS BE THE BIG MAN HERE IN ATLANTA

AT LEAST I THINK THAT

JEFF SPARROW

June 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

KIMBREL IS HUMAN A,although he used the fastball too much to a fastball hitter , WE REALLY NEED TO WIN TONIGHT TO GIVE US CONFIDENCE FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES ,NEED A BACK UP 2ND BASEMAN WHO CAN HIT A LITTLE ,UGGLA IS KILLING US ,I COULD STRIKE HIM OUT

Tom

June 29th, 2012
9:33 pm

Braves losing to the nats 4-0 in 6th, i so shocked.braves will get swept.

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