Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 161
Atlanta2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 x 7110
  W: K. Gausman (3-5)   L: J. Ross (0-2)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 PM CT, July 21, 2019
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 31,848

Nats', Braves' pitchers looking for happy returns to mound

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Nationals have won 13 of their last 17 while posting an NL-leading 2.72 ERA since June 25. In those 17 games since June 25, the Nats have allowed two runs or less 10 times, tied with the A's for the most in the majors.
  2. The Nationals' last 17 games came against the Marlins, Tigers, Royals, Phillies and Orioles. The combined .379 winning percentage of those teams -- based on their current records -- was the easiest strength of schedule since June 25. The Nats' next 17 games come against the Braves, Rockies, Dodgers and Diamondbacks -- teams with a .565 winning percentage -- the highest in MLB between July 18-August 4.
  3. Mike Soroka, who is scheduled to start Friday, tossed seven shutout innings in Sunday's 4-1 win at San Diego. Since losing his season debut, Soroka is 10-0 with a 2.27 ERA in his last 15 starts to become the first Braves starter to win 10 consecutive decisions since Greg Maddux in 2001.
  4. Stephen Strasburg, who takes the ball in the opener, has won each of his two starts against the Braves this season. Since 2000, only Cole Hamels (16) has more victories over the Braves than Strasburg's 13.
  5. Anthony Rendon is slashing .464/.531/.821 with two homers, four doubles, five RBI and six runs during a seven-game road hitting streak. On the season, the All-Star third baseman leads the NL in OBP (.507) and slugging percentage (1.049) when leading off an inning (min. 60 PAs).
  6. Josh Donaldson homered and drove in all four of Atlanta's runs in Wednesday's 5-4 loss in Milwaukee. He has five home runs in his last seven games and his seven homers this month are tied with the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger for the most in the NL while his 16 RBI lead the league.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019

There will be a lot of drama among starting pitchers when the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals end their four-game series in the national Sunday night game.

The Braves expect to start Kevin Gausman, who started for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and fanned 10 in seven innings while allowing two runs. He was making a rehab start in his recovery from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

"I've really been pounding the zone with pitches during my rehab," Gausman told "That's the biggest thing with pitches, you're thinking, 'How will they work when I get in the game?' They've been even better in the game. That's encouraging."

The last appearance in the majors for Gausman was June 10 against Pittsburgh, when he allowed two runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings.

"I'm just excited to be back up here," Gausman added. "I've been watching these guys and itching. I love watching the guys, but at the same time, it's tough to watch because I want to be here and contribute."

Washington plans to start Joe Ross, who has made all 17 of his appearances this season out of the pen. He last outing at any level came Tuesday for Triple-A Fresno of the Pacific Coast League, when he went seven innings as a starter. The Nationals also had Austin Voth available, after he started Tuesday at Baltimore.

"It will not be Voth. It will be Joe Ross," Washington manager Dave Martinez told reporters Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Nationals were hoping that ace Max Scherzer could start Sunday night. He was eligible to come off the injured list on Saturday, but it didn't happen as he has inflammation in the bursa under the right shoulder blade.

"There's nothing wrong structurally with the muscle. I'm strong. I just have this inflammation in the bursa sac there," Scherzer told reporters Friday in Atlanta.

Voth went six innings and allowed just one run and four hits in the Nationals' 8-1 victory in Baltimore.

"It is always good to come in and get your work in after a good start," he told The Washington Times on Wednesday. "I will go through my same work plan."

But Voth told reporters in Atlanta on Saturday that his shoulder was "a little tender" and Ross, who has made 48 career starts, had arrived in Georgia.

Gausman is 4-2 with a 6.31 ERA in seven career starts against Washington.

Current Washington hitters are 33-for-100 off Gausman with three homers. Anthony Rendon is 7-for-17 with one homer, Trea Turner is 5-for-10 and Kurt Suzuki is 4-for-10.

Ross is 1-2 with a 7.40 ERA in six games (five starts) against Atlanta. Current Braves hitters are 19-for-57 (.333) against him, including Nick Markakis at 6-for-14.

In the third game of the series Saturday, the Nationals scored three runs in the fifth to take a lead of 4-1.

Atlanta cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth on a two-run homer by Brian McCann. But Washington added a run in the top of the ninth and Sean Doolittle got a five-out save.

"It was great. We played really good baseball today," Turner told Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

--Field Level Media

Updated July 21, 2019