ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker desires the Atlanta Braves to pay nearer consideration when they are operating the bases.
A 5th immediately postseason awaits the protecting International Sequence champions, and the Atlanta supervisor is aware of the group cannot manage to pay for to make errors at the basepaths.
“As a baserunner, it’s a must to 0 in at the man in entrance of you and no one else as a result of he may fall, he may no longer see issues the way in which everyone else does,” Snitker stated. “Your primary center of attention is the man in entrance of you if you find yourself operating the bases, and we were not actual mindful in some scenarios as of late.”
Joey Meneses hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jesse Chavez within the 7th inning, and the Washington Nationals stopped the Braves’ five-game successful streak with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday as Atlanta price itself with deficient baserunning.
Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in an early run and scored every other for Atlanta, which clinched a postseason look an evening previous.
Atlanta trailed by way of a run within the 8th when Michael Harris II hit a one-out unmarried to proper with Austin Riley on 2d and William Contreras on first. 3rd base trainer Ron Washington held up Riley, who had rounded 3rd, however Contreras was once just about at 3rd and was once thrown out returning to 2d by way of catcher Tres Barrera, who had gained the throw from proper fielder Lane Thomas.
“Wash was once giving me a pass the entire time after which on the final 2d publish the prevent signal, and I feel at that time Contreras was once already there,” Riley stated. “It is tricky. It occurs.”
Snitker stated the Braves held a gathering about baserunning on Tuesday to head over the intricacies of staying alert.
“It is simply when your taking part in shut video games, the ones are the issues you’ll keep watch over,” Snitker stated. “There is such a lot of issues on this sport you’ll’t keep watch over, however we will be able to keep watch over our baserunning. It is the consciousness greater than the rest. We discuss it so much. We display them other movies and other angles.
“Maximum of them are visible newcomers. We do this rather a little.”
Atlanta remained one sport in the back of the NL East-leading New York Mets, who misplaced 6-0 at Milwaukee. The Braves had gained 10 immediately house video games, outscoring combatants 47-16.
Atlanta is 52-26 at Truist Park, with just one last three-game sequence in opposition to the Mets from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The Braves are a large league-best 71-29 since Would possibly 31.
Meneses put the Nationals up 3-2 along with his tenth homer, a 420-foot power to left for the 30-year-old rookie. He leads last-place Washington with 57 hits, 10 homers and 25 RBIs since his primary league debut on Aug. 2.
“I will be able to’t say sufficient about what Joey has executed for us since he is been right here,” Nationals supervisor Dave Martinez stated. “He is been hitting balls, doubles, homers, getting on base, however as of late was once all in regards to the group. We got here out with a victory.”
Andrés Machado (2-0) pitched a scoreless 6th, Carl Edwards Jr. escaped a jam with a runners on first and 3rd within the 8th when Eddie Rosario covered out and Kyle Finnegan pitched a really perfect 9th for his eleventh save in 15 possibilities.
Chavez (4-2) gave up one run and one in two-thirds of an inning.
Atlanta took good thing about Paolo Espino’s erratic throws to first base to make it 1-0 within the first. Acuña led off with a unmarried, complicated to 2d on a throwing error by way of Espino on a pickoff try and scored when Contreras reached on an infield unmarried and Espino threw wildly to first once more.
Atlanta had gained 11 of 12 in opposition to the Nationals and started the day 26-8 within the sequence for the reason that get started of final yr.
Bryce Elder gave up one run with two walks and 6 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Braves.
“He went into the 6th and gave us a possibility to win the sport,” Snitker stated. “I believed he did a in reality just right, forged task. He pitched round some various things, nevertheless it was once forged, very forged.”
Elder stranded a runner in scoring place within the 3rd. He hit Josh Palacios with a pitch within the 5th, and Palacios complicated to 3rd on Barrera’s unmarried ahead of Thomas’ sacrifice fly trimmed the result in 2-1.
Espino gave up 4 hits and two runs — one earned — in four-plus innings. He has a 4.94 ERA in 17 begins.
Nationals DH Nelson Cruz neglected his 7th immediately sport with eye irritation.
Washington middle fielder Victor Robles ran ahead to his left to make a diving catch of Acuña’s fly, stood up and threw as it should be to first to double up Vaughn Grissom and get a double play within the 5th. … The Nationals ended the ground of the 7th with a double play when Dansby Swanson struck out and Grissom was once stuck stealing. …. Thomas were given his 8th lend a hand. … Harris ran onerous to his proper to make a shoestring catch in left-center within the backside of the 8th.
Nationals: After an off day Thursday, RHP Josiah Grey (7-9, 5.14 ERA) will face a yet-to-be made up our minds pitcher for the Marlins as Washington opens a three-game sequence at Miami.
Braves: LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.52) will face Ranger Suárez (9-5, 3.53) as Atlanta opens a four-game sequence at Philadelphia. Fried has no resolution with a three.50 ERA in 3 begins in opposition to the Phillies this yr.