I feel like we’ve seen this type of win once or twice this season.
A Nationals starter goes deep into the game, delivering a dominating outing, the offense provides just enough run support and the bullpen closes it down.
All the familiar pieces were there in the Nats’ 2-0 win over the Braves this afternoon.
Stephen Strasburg bounced back off three consecutive subpar outings (by his lofty standards) and tossed seven shutout frames, allowing just four hits without a walk and striking out nine Braves.
It was the first time Strasburg has gone seven innings since back on April 28, and he improves his record to 6-1 on the season.
The offense came courtesy of Strasburg’s batterymate Jesus Flores, who provided a solo homer in the fifth, and struggling outfielder Xavier Nady, whose pinch-hit double in the eighth plated Danny Espinosa to give the Nats a big insurance run.
The Nats move nine games above .500 at 30-21 and have now won all four games against the Braves this season.