Wednesday, September 18 2013, 10:39 PM EDT
Braves Magic Number Down to 2
Just two short weeks ago, the Braves were ridin' high, havin' a Big & Rich Time, leading the Washington Nationals by 15 games in the race for the NL east title.
Now, with 10 games left in the regular season, that lead is down to 8 games.
I don't think there's enough time and games left for the Nationals to pass the Braves, but then again, we do remember that 2011 September swoon when the Braves went into the tank and didn't make the playoffs.
The Braves and Nationals met for the final time this season Wednesday night in D-C... the Nationals trying to finish up a three-game sweep. They scored a pair of fifth inning runs off of Alex Wood, who issued a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected after that bases-loaded walk... home plate umpire CB Bucknor ejected Wood after he had been replaced by Kameron Loe... how do you eject somebody who's already out of the game???? Only Bucknor could do that.
The ejections fired up the Braves. Dan Uggla hit a solo homer, Justin Upton a two-run shot in the 6th.
Brian McCann's 7th inning double got another run home.... Jordan Schafer singled home a run in the 9th to make it 5-2 Braves.
Craig Kimbrel, who blew a save in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, got the Nats 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th for his 48th save of the season. The 5-2 win takes the Braves magic number down to 2. They're off tomorrow while the Nationals host the Marlins. The Braves play in Chicago this weekend.By Darrell Patterson
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