GameNotes: Washington Nationals V. Atlanta Braves (September 11, 2020)

The World Champion Washington Nationals Fell To The Atlanta Braves, 7-6, On Thursday Night In The Opening Game Of This Four-Game Weekend Series.

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Washington Nationals Opening Day
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Game Details:  

Washington Nationals (16-26) at Atlanta Braves (26-18)
RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, ERA 5.29) | RHP Josh Tomlin (2-2, ERA 3.77 )
Friday, September 11, 2020, | 6:05 p.m. EST | Game #44 | Home #23
Nationals Park | Washington D.C.
TV: MASN | Radio: 106.7 The Fan / Nationals Radio Network

Latest Headlines About The Washington Nationals

The World Champion Washington Nationals fell to the Atlanta Braves, 7-6, on Thursday night in this four-game weekend series.

Adam Eaton clubbed his fourth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the second inning, as a part of his two-hit night. 

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in Nationals history (2005-pres.) that two players recorded RBI-triples in the same inning when both Turner and Asdrúbal Cabrera each recorded RBI-triples.

The last time it happened in franchise history (MON/WSH) was July 10, 1979 (Rodney Scott and Gary Carter). Additionally, it was the seventh time in Nationals history that they recorded two regular triples in an inning (Last: 9/20/14 at MIA; Ryan Zimmerman, Asdrúbal Cabrera)

The last time it happened in franchise history (MON/WSH) was July 10, 1979 (Rodney Scott and Gary Carter) 

It was the seventh time in Nationals history that they recorded two regular triples in an inning (Last: 9/20/14 at MIA; Ryan Zimmerman, Asdrúbal Cabrera)

Today’s GameNotes:

The World Champion Washington Nationals fell to the Atlanta Braves, 7-6, on Thursday night in the opening game of this four-game weekend series.

 What To Watch:

Streak Part Deux

Trea Turner has hit safely in eight straight games, going 12-for-33 (.364) with one double, two triples, two homers, eight RBI, four walks, four stolen bases, and eight runs streak. 

Trea Turner is one of 11 players in MLB this season to record at two hitting streaks of at least eight games and is the only one, however, to have one of his streaks be at least 16 games.

Fedde on the Mound

RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, ERA 5.29 will makes his second start against Atlanta in as many starts. 

In three career appearances (two starts) against the Braves, he is 0-1 with a 17.36 ERA with seven strikeouts and nine walks. In his last start, Fedde gave up four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and four walks in 3.2 innings pitched, which did not factor into Washington’s 10-4 win against Atlanta on Sept. 5.

It’s Never too Late

The Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Yadiel Hernandez on Thursday. Hernandez made his Major League debut as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning. According to Elias Sports Bureau, at the age of 32 years, 337 days old, he became the oldest player to make his Major League debut in Nationals history (2005-pres). 


Soto Shuffle 

Since returning to the lineup on Sept. 8, Juan Soto has reached base safely in seven of nine plate appearances. 

Soto is 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, five walks, one stolen base, and three runs scored during this stretch and has drawn at least one walk in six consecutive games, matching a career-long streak (also: 9/18–24/2019).

Game Lineups

Washington Nationals Lineup

  • A. Eaton RF
  • T. Turner SS
  • J. Soto DH
  • E. Thames 1B
  • B. Holt LF
  • Y. Gomes C
  • L. Garcia 2B
  • C. Kieboom 3B
  • V. Robles CF

Atlanta Braves Lineup

  • R. Acuna Jr. CF
  • F. Freeman 1B
  • M. Ozuna DH
  • T. d’Arnaud C
  • D. Swanson SS
  • A. Riley 3B
  • A. Duvall LF
  • N. Markakis RF
  • O. Albies 2B

Injury Report

Dakota Bacus, RP 10-Day (right flexor strain)

Howie Kendrick, DH 10-Day ( left hamstring strain)

Sean Doolittle, RP Day-to-Day (oblique strain)

Today In Nationals History

Sept. 11 (10-4) 2018 – 

The Washington Nationals swept a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, topping them 3-1 in Game 1 and winning 7-6 in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion in Game 2. 

In-Game 1 of the doubleheader, Spencer Kieboom clubbed his first career home run to put the Nationals on the board in the fifth inning, and Erick Fedde struck out a career-high nine batters en route to his second win of the season.

In Game 2, trailing 6-3 in the top of the ninth inning, the Nationals plated three runs to tie the game. 

In the 10th inning, Juan Soto clubbed his second home run of the night to put the Nationals ahead for good