The United are finally back in action tonight in Washington to take on D.C United for the third time this season. The previous matchups have not gone well for the Five Stripes as they lost both of them to the worst team in Major League Soccer. This will be the first matchup for the United since August 6th when they drew 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City.
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In his last start, Lucas Sims earned his first major league victory. But this start, was an even better one for the rookie right-hander from Lawrenceville. He went six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four. It was a night to remember for the youngster, as it was his first victory in his hometown as a major leaguer, and a night to remember for the Braves as they cruised to a 4-0 win.
The scoring started in the bottom of the fourth, when Nick Markakis launched one 372 feet to put the Braves up 1-0. In the fifth, it was Markakis again, this time singling in Freddie Freeman. In the sixth- you may have started to notice a trend now- an infield single off the bat of Ender Inciarte brought in Ozzie Albies. And finally, the Braves added their fourth and final run in the seventh on a Freddie Freeman RBI single.
It was another rough start for Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, who once again failed to make it out of the fifth inning. His final line was 4.2 innings pitched, allowing six hits and two earned runs. But despite Gonzales’ 7.40 ERA over five starts, the Braves were able to hand him his first loss last night.
It was a team effort for Atlanta with eleven hits coming from eight different players. The only Brave who failed to record a hit was Tyler Flowers. The Mariners were only able to muster two hits in the final three innings against the Braves bullpen, totaling five on the night. It was a cold night for a lineup that has been red-hot as of late.
The Braves and Mariners clash tomorrow night at 7:35 ET in the rubber match of match of this series. Atlanta will send R.A Dickey to the mound to face Erasmo Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) of Seattle.