The Nationals jumped on Mike Foltynewicz for 3 runs in the first, and that was all that was needed as the Braves could parlay their 14 hits into only 2 runs.
Foltynewicz battled back from there, holding the Nationals scoreless until the 6th, an inning he started at the 97 pitch mark. An out away from a quality start, he then allowed consecutive bloop hits, and left after 112 pitches. Sam Freeman allowed only one of those baserunners to score, then graciously gave way to Shane Carle to finish the inning. Luke Jackson and Dan Winkler allowed a run apiece in their innings to close the scoring; Winkler allowing a home run to Bryce Harper.
Foltynewicz remains at 5 quality starts, now in 19 tries, and at 7 times completing at least 6 innings. Considering the beginning, it was a great effort today to keep that 6th inning man out of the game, which came up just short. However, to get to full Smoltzie level, Mike will need to keep the pitch count down and pitch deeper into ball games more consistently. Until then, we can enjoy the improvements Foltzie has shown to date, still understanding this team would benefit from some starters who can consistently reduce the innings needed from the bullpen.
The Braves split the rain shortened series, and stand 1 game behind the first place Phillies. At Miami on Monday.