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.