The Braves scored early, late, and often, but their efforts could not overcome an Anthony Rendon grand slam and a key late error by Tyler Flowers, and they lost their second consecutive game to the Nationals. Playing bad teams last week en route to the six game winning streak was enjoyable, but the last two games against the division leader have brought reality back with a slap. It may not be enough to overcome the Twins for the top draft pick, though, unless the Braves can pull off another of their patented September swoons to give Minnesota a run for it.
The Braves scored in each of the first four innings, highlighted by Dansby Swanson‘s first career home run, one of the inside-the-park variety. The offense was enough to keep the Braves toe-to-toe with the Gnats, even after the Williamses gave up a grand slam and solo home run in a 5-run 3rd inning and were knocked out of the game.
The teams battled into the late innings, locked in a 6-6 tie. The Gnats were finally able to break through in the 8th, scoring three with some help from the Flowers’ error. Flowers led off the 9th with a double and came around to score on Swanson’s 3rd RBI of the game, but that was the only run the Braves were able to pick up in the inning. They fell to a final score of 9-7 to the Mighty Gnats.
Let’s go back to playing some second division teams. That was more fun.