All of the positives of this game disappeared in a cloud of smoke as the Washington Nationals wasted a well-played game in a blown-save-loss at the hands of Daniel Hudson who was spotted a 3-run lead. The Nationals attacked the Braves pitching all game, and also had zeros from their bullpen thanks to Dakota Bacus, Tanner Rainey, and Will Harris who came in after Anibal Sanchez’s 5.0 inning 3-run performance.
The win was there for the taking, and the Nats blew it with the Braves enjoying the walk-off and the last laugh in this one after words were exchanged after Juan Soto admired his 445 foot bomb in the top of the 9th inning to make the score 6-3. The Nats lost 7-6.
There were so many positives in this game as newly minted callup Luis Garcia smacked his first career home run for a 2-run add-on, and Eric Thames hit his first home run as a Nats player. Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-hit day including a home run, and Soto had the last tally for the Nats. Soto missed a grand slam earlier in the game as one went foul by the leftfield foul pole and then he flied out to the fence in centerfield.
The Braves had 13 stranded runners until the 9th inning when they connected for two 2-run home runs and Dansby Swanson hit his walk-off with two outs to make it tougher to swallow.
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Luis García is the first player born in 2000 or later to hit a home run.
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