September 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Carlos Gonzalez, .150
Least Valuable Rockie: Josh Rutledge, -.071
Most Valuable Brave: Jason Heyward, .095
Least Valuable Brave: Martin Prado, -.109
4th – (COL) Carlos Gonzalez solo homer for a 1-0 Rockies lead, .149
5th – (COL) Jordan Pacheco solo homer for a 2-0 Rockies lead, .121
Tommy Hanson didn’t pitch poorly, allowing just two solo home runs while walking two and striking out eight over 5.2 innings. The downsides of Hanson’s start were those two home run pitches were flat and ugly, he still managed to give up a lot of hard hit fly balls and line drives, and he couldn’t finish strong. But if you’re looking for seven strong innings from Hanson these days, you’re going to be disappointed.
Drew Pomeranz had a .455 BABIP allowed over three innings, including two infield hits and a bunt hit. He managed to pitch three scoreless frames with 72 pitches, as the Braves left runners in scoring position in every inning he pitched. The Braves also put runners in scoring position in the fourth and sixth with nothing to show for it.
Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones and David Ross each had two hits. Ross had the lone extra base hit for the Braves, a double in the fourth.
The Nationals beat the Cubs 11-5, giving them a 7.5 game lead over the Braves.