The Nationals finished their final home game of the year with a shutout win over the Braves, dealing another body blow to Atlanta’s playoff chances. And they sent a raucous crowd home with visions of better things to come in 2012.
Ross Detwiler pitched six shutout innings in the 3-0 win, finishing his year with a 13 1/3-inning shutout streak. Michael Morse blasted an 0-2 pitch to right field for a two-run homer in the seventh inning - and came back out for a curtain call. And Drew Storen saved his 42nd game of the season, with a crowd of 37,638 on its feet for the whole inning.
The Nationals improved to 78-80 for the season; if they sweep the Marlins, they’d finish with a winning record for the first time since they moved to Washington, though they had one game canceled by rain. But in any case, they certainly made it clear that they’re on the way up, especially with Stephen Strasburg healthy and Jordan Zimmermann back for a full season without an innings limit.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.