GameNotes: Washington Nationals V. Atlanta Braves (September 10, 2020)

After The Washington Nationals Swept One Of The Hottest Teams In The American League, Division Rivals: The Atlanta Braves, Come To Town For A Weekend Series In Washington, D.C.

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Washington Nationals First Baseman Eric Thames
Washington Nationals First Baseman Eric Thames. Image via the Washington Nationals

Game Details:  

Washington Nationals (16-25) at Atlanta Braves (25-18)
RHP Austin Voth (0-5, 8.26 ERA) | LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0 6.84 ERA)
Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 6:05 p.m. EST | Game #43 / 
Nationals Park | Washington D.C.
TV: MASN | Radio: 106.7 The Fan / Nationals Radio Network

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Todays GameNotes:

After the Washington Nationals swept one of the hottest teams in the American League, division rivals: The Atlanta Braves, come to town for a weekend series in Washington, D.C. The Braves are coming off scoring 29 runs against the Florida Marlins, the second-most in the MLB since 1990.

What To Watch:

Roster Moves

The Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Yadiel Hernandez on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Nationals placed first baseman/designated hitter, Howie Kendrick, on the 10-day Injured List with a left hamstring strain (retroactive to Sept. 6).Hernandez joins the active roster for the first time, and his first appearance will be his Major League debut.

He was Washington’s 2019 Minor League Player of the Year after leading Washington’s system in HR (33), RBI (90), slugging percentage (.604), batting average (.323), OPS (1.009), hits (142), extra-base hits (56) and runs scored (87) in 2019.

Voth At The Mound

Austin Voth will take the mound tonight against the Braves. Voth started the first game of the doubleheader with the Braves on Sept. 4 and allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

He has allowed ten runs in 8 2/3 innings in two starts against Atlanta this season.In his career against the Braves, Voth is 0-2 with a 5.33 ERA in six career appearances, five starts. Josh Harrison is 11-for-29 (.379) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, three HBP, three walks, and five runs scored over his last ten starts.

Harrison has hit safely in nine of the ten starts. Brock Holt, over his last five games, is 12-for-20 (.600) with four doubles, two RBI, two walks

Juan Is Back … Back Again… Juan Is Back…

Juan Soto will be back in the lineup tonight, in 2020, injuries have limited Soto to 101 at-bats, but he’s hitting .356 with 11 homers and 27 RBI. Juan Soto currently leads the Nationals in both Homeruns and RBI’s.

Now, Soto has hit 11 home runs so far this season and has 27 RBI’s. In 34 games against the Braves over his career, Soto is batting .308 with ten homers and 27 RBI.

Game Lineups

Washington Nationals Lineup

  • V. Robles CF
  • A. Eaton RF 
  • T. Turner SS
  • J. Soto DH
  • A. Cabrera 1B
  • J. Harrison 2B 
  • Y. Gomes C 
  • M. Taylor LF
  • C. Kieboom3B 

Atlanta Braves Lineup

  • R. Acuna Jr. CF
  • F. Freeman 1B
  • M. Ozuna DH
  • A. Duvall LF
  • D. Swanson SS
  • A. Riley 3B
  • O. Albies 2B
  • N. Markakis RF
  • T. Flowers C

Injury Report

Dakota Bacus, RP (Right Flexor Strain)

Luis Garcia, SS (Bruised Heel)

Howie Kendrick, DH (Left Hamstring Strain)

Today In Nationals History:

2017 – The Washington Nationals clinched their fourth National League East division championship, soaking themselves in champagne after a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies was coupled with the Atlanta Braves’ 10-8 extra-innings walk-off win over the Miami Marlins. The Nationals’ celebration on Sept. 10 marked the earliest clinch in Nationals history, besting the 2014 Nationals who sealed the division crown on Sept. 16 with a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.