The Nationals’ starting pitching continued to dominate as Washington blanked the Braves, 7-0, at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The Nats have won six consecutive games.
In his second start following a stint on the disabled list due to a flexor strain, Washington right-hander Doug Fister had his best outing of the season. He lasted seven innings and picked up his third win.
Braves right-hander Matt Wisler wasn’t as fortunate. In his second career start, he lasted just four innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits. He had thrown eight innings of one-run ball in his debut.
Fister allowed just four hits in his outing. The only time the Braves made a serious threat was in the fifth inning. They had runners on first and second and no outs, but Pedro Ciriaco flew out to center fielder Denard Span, then Eury Perez hit into an inning-ending double play. The double play to end the fifth made it 39 1/3 scoreless innings for the rotation, which set a franchise record. After Fister exited, the streak was at 41 1/3 innings.
Wisler was nowhere near as impressive as he had been on Friday, when he limited the Mets to just the one run. The highly regarded prospect surrendered a pair of unearned runs during the first two innings, but he also allowed four extra-base hits, including Ian Desmond’s two-run homer, through the first three innings.
The Braves continue their road trip on Friday as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Williams Perez(4-0, 2.78 ERA) will get the start for Atlanta while the Pirates counter with Francisco Liriano(4-6, 3.26 ERA) First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CDT and Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast beginning at 6:00 PM