Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nat’s Magic Number: Still 11

Our Washington Nationals (formerly your Montreal Expos) (89-55) lost to the Atlanta Braves (82-63) 2-1 last night down in Georgia (where the Devil went down to according to Charlie Daniels).  Bryce Harper generated the Nats’ offense with a solo home run.

It was not your normal game.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Kris Medlen, who started the season as a little-known reliever, had a career-high 13 strikeouts, and the Braves pulled out the victory over the first-place Nats when Andrelton Simmons scored on a throwing error by Ian Desmond in the ninth inning.

An odd “walk off” victory to say the least.

While Medlen wasn't around for the decision -- he was lifted for a pinch hitter after going seven -- the Braves kept alive a remarkable streak. They won for the 20th time in a row when Medlen is the starter, already a franchise record and the longest streak in the big leagues since the New York Yankees  won 20 consecutive starts by Roger “Juice” Clemens in 2001.

The two play again today at 4:05 pm.
ROSS DETWILER (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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