National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 30th (All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (44-31) at Atlanta Braves (40-36), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 2.60) Atlanta - Mike Minor (3-6, 6.14)
(Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg had his six-start victory streak snapped in his last trip to the mound. The 23-year-old right-hander aims to get back on the winning track this afternoon when the NL East-leading Washington Nationals resume their series with the Atlanta Braves.
Strasburg gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six full frames to suffer his first road loss of the season against the Rockies. He had been 5-0 through seven road starts entering Monday's game.
He has started twice against the Braves this season, both victories. The first came May 26 at Turner Field when he allowed six hits and four runs over five innings. Strasburg also had a season-high four walks, but the Nats won, 8-4. Exactly a week later, Strasburg had nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings in a 2-0 victory.
This year's Braves are the first team that Strasburg has posted a win against twice in a single season. He's 2-2 in his career vs. Atlanta.
Mike Minor, who has lost his last two starts and is 1-5 over his past 11 appearances, counters for the Braves. The lefty has given up eight runs over his last two outings. He's 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA in four starts vs. the Nationals.
Last night, Michael Morse went 4-for-4 and his solo home run in the eighth led the Nationals to a 5-4 win. Morse scored three times, Ian Desmond drove in two and Jesus Flores hit a solo home run for the Nationals, who have won three of their last four games.
Ross Detwiler started the game and gave up four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings and added an RBI single. Sean Burnett (1-1) got the win after getting the final out of the seventh and pitching a scoreless eighth.
Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run home run while Michael Bourn and Martin Prado each drove in a run for the Braves, who have dropped their past two games.
Randall Delgado gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with three strikeouts over four innings. Chad Durbin (3-1) gave up the homer to Morse and was charged with the loss.
Atlanta had tied the game with a four-run seventh inning, but the Nationals quickly got the lead back as Morse led off the eighth with his third homer of the year to make it a 5-4 game.
"I'm just trying to see a good ball and get a good pitch to hit," said Morse. "I wasn't thinking of anything, just trying to be free and easy. That was my whole approach today."
The Nationals have won five of six versus the Braves this season, including a three-game sweep in Atlanta from May 25-27.
06/30 10:40:20 ET