In todays installment of the Worst Moments in the 2011 Washington Nationals season, we recall July 15th when the Nationals lost 11-1 to the Braves for their 10,000th win as a franchise.
This game held in Atlanta was each teams first action since the All-Star Break in Arizona and it quickly became evident the Nationals heads were still in the desert. In the opening frame Nats starter Livan Hernandez allowed four consecutive run scoring hits to Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, David Ross, and Nate McLouth giving the Braves a quick 4-1 lead at the end of the first and instantly sucking the life out of visiting Nationals.
Things weren’t faring any better at the plate as Braves starter Tim Hudson was at his best earning his 9th win of the year going 7 innings allowing one run on 7 hits, 7 strikeouts, and one walk. Following Hudson was Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill who each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Five more runs in the sixth and seventh innings put the game completly out of reach as the Braves had the commanding 11-1 lead they would not reliquish.
Washington had managed to finish the first half with a .500 record and were looking to start the final three months on the right foot against one of the divisions best in the Atlanta Braves, who were in search of the franchises 10,000th win. Viewed by some to be a dark horse in the race for a Wild Card spot, this game was only a reminder of how much work still had to be done.