Nationals vs. Braves – Game Recap – September 20, 2022

ATLANTA — — Braves supervisor Brian Snitker wasn’t overly enthusiastic about his workforce clinching a playoff berth.

He would’ve most well-liked that the Milwaukee Brewers had crushed the New York Mets so Atlanta could be in a primary-place tie within the NL East.

“I hope Milwaukee comes again, fairly truthfully,” Snitker stated earlier than the Mets completed off the Brewers. “But if we get within the door, we give ourselves an opportunity. That’s what we wish to do. The No. 1 factor is we wish to win the division and we’re proper there to make that occur, but it surely’s good to offer your self a chance if you get within the match.”

Travis d’Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer within the fourth inning, Dansby Swanson went deep within the eighth, and the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night time and clinched a playoff berth.

The defending World Series champion Braves secured their journey to the postseason when Milwaukee misplaced to the Mets 7-5 lower than half-hour later. Atlanta (93-55) can be vying for its fifth consecutive division title, however stays in second place, one sport behind New York within the NL East.

There was no celebration within the clubhouse after the sport. Country music performed softly within the background as just a few gamers milled about and talked quietly.

The Braves have a lot larger targets in thoughts than simply making the playoffs.

“Obviously we’re aiming for increased, however making the playoffs is an enormous deal,” d’Arnaud stated. “Numerous Hall of Famers performed their complete profession and by no means made it to the playoffs. But for us it is a easy as attempt to win each sequence. It’s a marathon. It’s not over.”

Swanson added his twenty first homer, an reverse-area solo shot to proper off Kyle Finnegan that sailed 379 ft and padded the result in 3-1. The Braves have gained 10 straight video games at house, outscoring opponents 47-15 over this stretch. Atlanta is 52-25 at Truist Park and has the NL’s second-greatest successful share in house video games.

Matt Olson singled with out within the fourth earlier than d’Arnaud hit his 18th homer, a 422-foot shot off Erasmo Ramírez (4-2) that made it 2-0.

Charlie Morton (8-6) allowed one run and three hits with three walks and 9 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He did not surrender successful till Victor Robles singled with one out within the third. Robles superior on a throwing error by Morton on a pickoff transfer, however Morton struck out the following two batters to finish the risk.

Morton averted hassle within the 31-pitch fourth. He issued a pair of two-out walks, and the runners superior on a wild pitch earlier than Morton hit CJ Abrams with a pitch to load the bases. The 38-12 months-previous proper-hander struck out Ildemaro Vargas to flee the jam.

The final-place Nationals trimmed the result in 2-1 within the sixth. Joey Meneses doubled and superior to 3rd on Luke Voit’s single that chased Morton. Collin McHugh had an opportunity to get out of the jam, however second baseman Vaughn Grissom made a throwing error on a possible double play grounder that scored Meneses and put runners at second and third.

McHugh retired the following two batters to keep away from additional injury.

Morton improved to six-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 house begins this season.

Kenley Jansen confronted seven batters within the ninth for his NL-main thirty sixth save in 43 possibilities. The first two batters reached with out the ball leaving the infield earlier than Jansen struck out the following two batters. Luis García delivered a run-scoring single to make it 3-2, Meneses was deliberately walked, and Luke Voit flew out to finish it with the bases loaded.

Atlanta is 26-8 in opposition to Washington during the last two years. The Braves have gone deep 35 occasions in opposition to the Nationals this season and lead the NL with 224 homers.

Washington starter Patrick Corbin left the sport with two outs within the first with again spasms. He had a 1-1 rely on Matt Olson when Corbin stepped again off the mound and bent over and time was referred to as. Manager Dave Martinez and a coach got here out to see about Corbin, who quickly walked off the sphere beneath his personal energy.

“The final pitch that I threw, it grabbed on me,” Corbin stated. “I’m not fairly positive what it’s, however I simply tried to hang around there so long as I may to see if it will go away, but it surely did not. I’m just a bit sore now.”

Ramírez took over and retired 5 in a row earlier than Grissom reached on an infield single within the third. Corbin had misplaced 9 consecutive begins in opposition to Atlanta and had a 7.28 ERA over that stretch.

For the Braves, the sport and the postseason berth had been form of ho-hum affair. Snitker wasn’t stunned that no person was within the temper to have fun.

“No, all people’s drained,” Snitker stated. “These guys wish to go house and get a superb night time’s sleep becasue that (12:20 pm) sport will come early tomorrow.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Martinez stated DH Nelson Cruz (eye irritation) remains to be not able to face huge league pitching and can keep out of the lineup till he is prepared. … LHP MacKenzie Gore (left shoulder irritation) reported no issues after his bullpen session and can make a rehab begin with Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Braves: RHP Spencer Strider has a sore left indirect and won’t make his subsequent begin Saturday in Philadelphia. Snitker stated Strider won’t go on the injured record and can play catch till he is able to return to the rotation. … Jansen tweaked his neck making an attempt to area the primary ball that was put in play within the ninth. Snitker stated he wasn’t positive if the nearer would be capable to pitch on Wednesday.

NICE MOVES

Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson made a sliding, backhanded cease of Meneses’ laborious grounder within the fourth and threw the runner out simply from the outfield grass. … Robles ran laborious to his left in middle area and made a diving catch of d’Arnaud’s liner to finish the sixth.

UP NEXT

Braves rookie RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 3.67 ERA) will make his seventh begin because the groups conclude a 3-sport sequence with a 12:20 pm begin. The Nationals will begin Paolo Espino.

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