As Craig Kimbrel pointed out last night, what made giving up a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against Arizona even harder to take was the fact that the Braves missed an opportunity to pick up a game on the Nationals, who had lost in 11 innings at Colorado before the Braves game began.
That meant the Nationals would still be 3-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Braves entering tonight’s opener of a hotly-anticipated – and simply hot, as in blazing hot outside – series against the NL East upstarts from D.C. The temps are expected to soar past 100 this weekend at Turner Field, where the Braves want to cut at least a game or three off Washington’s lead.
It won’t be easy.
Tonight, Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52 ERA) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.09), who has an 0.98 ERA and .175 opponents’ average in his past seven outings, including one start after moving back into the