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Braves' Foltynewicz aims for another win over Nationals ace
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
- The Braves took two of three games from the Nationals last week. In that series, Washington outscored Atlanta 11-1 in the first 9.5 innings of the series (the first game and the top of the first in the second game), but Atlanta outscored Washington 20-4 the rest of the way.
- The Braves have a +29 run differential in the first nine games of the season, their best mark since 1899 when the franchise, then known as the Boston Beaneaters, outscored opponents by 31 runs.
- The Nationals have lost five in a row since starting the season 4-0. They are the fourth team in MLB history to lose five straight immediately following a 4-0 start of the season.
- Freddie Freeman has reached base safely (via a hit, walk or hit by pitch) 24 times in 2018, the most times reaching base safely by any Braves player through nine games in the live-ball era (since 1920).
- Dansby Swanson recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday, his eighth game played this year. Last year, Swanson didn't tally his fifth multi-hit game until June 2, his 51st game of the season.
- Max Scherzer has recorded at least five strikeouts in 38 consecutive home starts, the longest streak by any pitcher since Clayton Kershaw had a 49-start streak between 2013 and 2016 and the longest streak by a right-handed pitcher since Bob Gibson had a 51-start streak between 1968 and 1970.
WASHINGTON -- Having already beaten one of the Washington Nationals' star pitchers last week, Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz will try to top the other one Tuesday night.
Foltynewicz, who outpitched Max Scherzer in the Braves' 7-1 win last Wednesday in Atlanta, opposes Stephen Strasburg in the second game of a three-game series at Nationals Park.
The right-hander snapped his eight-game winless streak when he allowed four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings against Washington (5-5) while striking out eight and walking two. He added a two-run double as Atlanta handed Washington its first loss of the season.
Foltynewicz overcame two walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter.
"On a team like this, that's so good it's easy to get pumped up and spiral out of control (emotionally)," Foltynewicz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I've learned over the past few years to kind of slow things down, just get where you're comfortable and know your game out there."
The win improved Foltynewicz's record to 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA in seven starts against Washington.
Strasburg (1-1, 3.65) didn't pitch against the Braves (6-4) in Atlanta but is looking to bounce back from a rough outing against New York in which he allowed four runs and five hits -- including two home runs -- in six innings of an 8-2 loss to the Mets.
He struck out six, walked two and balked in a run.
"I think it's, for me, it's trying to keep it close, try to keep the team in the game as long as I can," Strasburg told MASN.com. "I was still able to do that, but at the same time, I know mistakes were made and I paid the price for it. Sometimes you get away with them. But this time I didn't and that's baseball."
Strasburg is 10-9 with a 4.06 ERA in 27 games against the Braves.
Scherzer (2-1) bounced back from last week's loss and dominated Atlanta on Monday night in the series opener, tossing a two-hit shutout as Washington won 2-0 to snap a five-game losing streak.
"Just tried to make a little mechanical tweak tonight," Scherzer told The Washington Post. "But really the biggest thing was that on the first pitch, 0-0, I collected a lot of first-pitch outs. They were aggressive early in the count."
Atlanta had beaten Scherzer in three of his last five starts against the Braves.
It was Scherzer's ninth career complete game. He struck out 10 batters without a walk in outdueling Julio Teheran (0-2).
Scherzer added his first career stolen base for good measure.
Nationals catcher Pedro Severino doubled and has reached base safely in 12 of 21 plate appearances (six hits, four walks, twice hit by a pitch) since joining the team. Anthony Rendon doubled and scored on Howie Kendrick's two-run double in the first inning. Rendon has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats.
Washington outfielder Bryce Harper walked three times to raise his OPS to 1.519.
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman continues to struggle as an 0-for-4 night lowered his average to .097.
Teheran allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in six innings while striking out seven for Atlanta, which had won four of five. Last Tuesday, he surrendered five runs in 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Washington.
"I felt a lot better today," Teheran told the Journal-Constitution. "All my pitches were on point. Other than the first inning, I think I made a couple of good pitches and just got unlucky on that one he hit pretty good and he found a spot to get that double."
Atlanta's Nick Markakis is 9-for-28 against Strasburg and Freddie Freeman is 15-for-40 with four homers and 13 RBIs.
Washington's Brian Goodwin is 5-for-8 with two homers against Foltynewicz, Trea Turner is 5-for-12 and Harper is 3-for-11, each with a home run.
Updated April 10, 2018