The Washington Nationals can’t lose, and the Atlanta Braves can’t beat them. Though the Braves held the Nationals scoreless for 11 straight innings they still dropped the series opener in 13 innings by a 5-4 score at Nationals Park.
The game ended with runners on the corners and one out, but Dan Uggla couldn’t get the ball out of his glove on an infield single to drop the Braves six games back in the NL East race.
“The ball never left the infield [in the inning],” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Good breaks on their part, tough breaks on ours.”
With the game already delayed by rain for 56 minutes and 4 hours and 27 minutes of actual playing time, the Braves could only trudge off the field disappointed with the results of the series opener.
The fateful 13th inning started with Christhian Martinez, out for his second inning, gave up a weak single up the middle by Ian Desmond that was field by Uggla. Danny Espinosa attempted to bunt him over, but Martinez got the force out at se...