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Good, Bad and Ugly: Washington Nationals Lose to Atlanta Braves, 1-0

Published by on April 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

THE RESULT Michael Hinckley issued two walks in the top of the ninth, the second of which forced in the only run of the ballgame, and the Washington Nationals (3-11) lost to the Atlanta Braves, 1-0.

The loss ruined a terrific effort from their starter John Lannan. Lannan threw seven innings of five-hit shut out ball, walking just two and striking out four. But as it happened all last season, and once already this season, the bats fell silent during Lannan's start.

Nick Johnson continued his torrid pace, going 2-for-4 and raising his average to .380. But the Nats only managed four other hits, one of which was from Lannan himself.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens deserves a fair amount of credit for that. He went ...

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