Braves Host the Nationals

Braves Host the Nationals

By TTWN Media Networks

The Braves will host the opening game of a brief two-game set

against the Nationals tonight at SunTrust Park. 

The Nationals hope that veteran right-hander Stephen

Strasburg can build on his last two starts. Strasburg (4-3, 3.25 ERA)

will face Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (7-2, 2.88) on Tuesday in the

first meeting between the teams this season.

The Nationals had their three-game winning streak broken Monday

when they lost a 3-2 decision to the Marlins. Washington had lost

five straight prior to the four-game Miami series.

Atlanta did not play on Memorial Day. The Braves finished a 5-2

road trip on Sunday when they erased a 3-0 deficit in the ninth

inning and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 in 10 innings.

Strasburg pitched seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned)

on five hits in his latest start, which the Nationals lost 6-4 to

the New York Mets on Thursday.

On May 18, Strasburg worked eight innings and allowed two runs (one

earned) on four hits, striking out seven in a 5-2 win over the

Chicago Cubs. In his five May starts, Strasburg is 2-2 with a 2.62

ERA, with 39 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.

Strasburg is accustomed to facing the Braves, having faced them 30

times, second most behind his 32 starts against Miami. He is 11-11

with a 4.07 ERA against Atlanta, with 199 strikeouts in 161 1/3

innings. Strasburg last faced the Braves on July 20, 2018, when he only

lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed six runs in an 8-5 loss.

Fried, who is in his first full season in the major leagues, has

won each of his past three starts. During that stretch, he has

pitched 17 innings and allowed five runs (2.65 ERA). That includes

a six-inning scoreless stint against the Milwaukee Brewers on May

17.

In his most recent start, Fried won Wednesday at San Francisco when

he allowed two runs over six innings. In five starts in May, Fried

is 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

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05-27-2019 22:38:06

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