>>HERE WE GO WITH ANOTHER BIG SERIES.>>NOT GOING TO LET UP.>>DO NOT WANT TO OVERLOOK ANTHONY RENDON.>>HE HAS PLAYED HIS WAY INTO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE M.V.P. RACE.>>♪ GOT THE MIND OF A CHAMPION MIND OF A CHAMPION ♪>>MAX SCHERZER WILL STILL VIE FOR THE AWARD.>>LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MIKE SOROKA.>>IT IS ONE OF THE WINS OF THE YEAR.>>WHAT UP AND WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., THE NATION’SSITE OF THIS GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE. ATLANTA BRAVES AND NATIONALS. WHAT A PITCHING MAX UP, MAX SCHERZER, MIKE SOROKA. 7:00 P.M. EASTERN IS THE SCHEDULED TIME FOR FIRST PITCH.>>I AM STEALING THAT, FOR SURE.>>WE ARE IN STUDIO 42. STEPHEN NELSON, HAROLD REYNOLDS. YOU KNOW THIS IS THE PREGAME SHOW. WE ARE SETTING THE TABLE FOR THE GAME YOU WERE ABOUT TO WATCH. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHEN FIRST PITCH IS HAPPENING HERE IN WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR THAT, A COUNTDOWN CLOCK. HAROLD: WHERE IS IT? [TIMER RINGING] STEPHEN: ONE THING I WANT TO NAIL EVERY TIME IS TO POINT TO THE CLOCK. WE WILL REBOUND, RECOVER. H, THIS IS A GREAT SERIES. THERE ARE 8.5 GAMES SEPARATING THESE TWO TEAMS IN THE DIVISION. ATLANTA IN FRONT OF WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON 3.5 IN FRONT OF THE CUBS AND BREWERS. THERE IS STILL INTRIGUE BECAUSE OF THE PITCHING MATCHUP. HAROLD: THERE ARE TWO THINGS ABOUT IT. BECAUSE OF THE PITCHING MATCHUP AND THE NATIONALS PITCHING OVERALL, THEY HAVE HAD THE PRAISE. EVEN THOUGH THE BRAVES ARE 8.5 UP, ALMOST LIKE, NICE, BUT THE NATIONALS ARE BETTER. STEPHEN: IT DOES SEEM THAT WAY, THE NATS ARE A BIGGER THREAT TO THE POSTSEASON. HAROLD: I LOOK AT THE NATIONALS AS THE ONLY TEAM I THINK IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE THAT CAN BEAT THE DODGERS BECAUSE OF THE PITCHING. THAT IS WHAT SEPARATES THEM FROM EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IS THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER THEY HAVE AT THE TOP. SCHERZER, STRASBURG AND PATRICK CORBIN. THOSE THREE GUYS ARE SEPARATORS AND GIVES THEM A CHANCE. MAYBE THAT IS WHY THEY ARE VIEWED THE WAY THEY ARE. STEPHEN: STARS TONIGHT SOROKA INSURERS ARE FACING TOUGH LINEUPS ON BOTH SIDES. LET’S START YOU OFF WITH THIS FOR THE ATLANTA BRAVES. RONALD ACUNA JR. AT THE TOP FOLLOWED BY OZZIE ALBIES, FREDDIE FREEMAN, JOSH DONALDSON. YOU HAVE A FEW M.V.P. — HAROLD: I LIKE THIS LINEUP AND I WILL TALK LATER ABOUT LINEUP CONSTRUCTION AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SET YOUR TABLE PROPERLY. I THINK THE BRAVES AND THE NATIONALS ARE THE BEST TWO IN BASEBALL WITH HOW THEY ARE CONSTRUCTED. I THOUGHT THE ASTROS IN THERE AS WELL. THREE TEAMS HAVE SET THEMSELVES APART FROM EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE BIG LEAGUES AND WE ARE WATCHING TWO OF THEM TONIGHT. STEPHEN: IN THE FIVE SPOT, NICK MARKAKIS PLAYING LEFT FIELD BEHIND JOSH DONALDSON. BRING OUT THE UMBRELLAS BECAUSE HE IS WITH HEIDI WATNEY. HEIDY: THANK YOU. THIS GUY NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. BRAVES, TOP FOUR AS DANGEROUS AS ANYONE IN BASEBALL. YOU ARE DOWNRIGHT SCARY. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT ASSESSMENT FROM ONE OF YOUR COMPETITORS? JOSH: I APPRECIATE IT. PROBABLY NOT TOO FAR OFF. WHEN YOU HAVE ACUNA AT THE TOP WHO HAS POWER AND SPEED AND ALBIES, WHO IS SWITCHHITTING. EVERY TIME HE GETS UP RIGHT-HANDED IT IS A HIT AND HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEAL BAGS AS WELL. HE CAN SCORE FROM FIRST AS WELL AS RONALD. FREDDIE IS SUCH A POLISHED HITTER. HE REALLY IS ABLE TO USE ALL FIELDS. HE CAN HIT THE LONG BALL. I ROUNDED OUT A BIT. SOMETIMES I CAN HOPEFULLY NOT MAKE HIM HAVE TO RUN VERY MUCH. HEIDI: YOU LOOK AT YOUR TEAM AND YOU REALLY HAVE THREE LEGITIMATE M.V.P. CONTENDERS. YOU, FREDDIE FREEMAN AND ACUNA. I KNOW YOU ARE ON THE TEAM AND ONE OF THE THREE, BUT IF YOU HAD TO PICK AND M.V.P., WHO WOULD YOU SAY IT IS? JOSH: ACUNA TO POSSIBLY GO 40 IS SPECIAL, BUT I FELT LIKE FREDDIE HAS BEEN THE ROCK THAT IS KEPT EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN OUR LINEUP THIS YEAR, TO BE ABLE TO CONSISTENTLY DO IT FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE TO DO IT TO WIN THE M.V.P. AWARD. THAT IS REALLY TOUGH TO DO. I FEEL HE HAS DONE THAT. ACUNA HAD A GREAT YEAR. IF HE GETS TO 44, YOU CANNOT IGNORE THAT. I AM NOT SAYING IT IS COMPARABLE TO MIGUEL CABRERA GETTING THE TRIPLE CROWN, BUT IT IS A SPECIAL FEAT. STEPHEN: IF ANYBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT M.V.P. CAMPAIGNS IT IS JOSH DONALDSON. HERE IS A HANDFUL OF THE HOT HITTERS IN THE BRAVES LINEUP. ACUNA JUNIOR AT THE TOP FOLLOWED BY ALBIES, FREEMAN AND DONALDSON. IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THAT. HAROLD: IF YOU ARE GOING TO WIN THE DIVISION YOU WILL HAVE TWO OR THREE GUYS THAT STAND OUT IN YOUR LINEUP. RONALD ACUNA JR., I KNOW HE IS CHASING 40-40. AT HIS AGE IT IS SO IMPRESSIVE. HE DOES SO MANY THINGS. 40 HOME RUNS, 40 STEALS. JUST OF THE ABILITY FOR THIS KID TO HIT HOME RUNS TO LEFT FIELD, RIGHT FIELD. DOES NOT MATTER THE PITCH. WATCH THIS, LET ME DANCE TO THE OTHER SIDE. BREAKING BALL DEAD CENTER FIELD. THAT IS TELLING ME HE IS STAYING, READING BALLS, THE SWING IS CONSISTENT AS HE SENDS THAT TO CENTER FIELD. A PITCHER DOES NOT HAVE A ZONE TO THROW TO. YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO GET IT OUT AS A PITCHER. THE OUTSIDE, MIDDLE OR IN DEPENDING WHERE HE IS STANDING. HE GETS ON BASE AND NOW HE TAKES A WALK AND TURNS IT INTO A DOUBLE LAURA SINGLE AND TURNS IT INTO A — TURNS IT INTO A DOUBLE. OR A SINGLE AND TURNS IT INTO A DOUBLE. AT HIS AGE TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPLOSIVENESS AND HOW TO DO THIS IS IMPRESSIVE. THAT IS WHY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT POSSIBLE M.V.P. HIS ABILITIES, HIS TALENTS AND HE IS SO YOUNG TO BE DOING WHAT HE IS DOING. STEPHEN: 40-40, THIS IS THE COMPANY HE WOULD JOIN. ONE DINNER AND FOUR BAGS AWAY FROM BEING WITH SORIANO AND A-ROD. HAROLD: WHAT TODAY CALL THAT — STEPHEN: ASTERISK? HAROLD: QUALIFIER. WILLIE MAYS — STEPHEN: DON’T LET THE NAME DROPS HURT YOU. [LAUGHTER] HAROLD: WILLIE SAID TO ME YOU THINK 40-40 MEANS SOMETHING? YOU THINK WE COULD NOT DO THAT, ME AND MICKEY? AFTER GUYS STARTING DOINGAFTER T — I WONDER IF WILLIE IN HIS PRIME COULD HAVE DONE IT. STEPHEN: WE HIGHLIGHTED THE BIG SUPERSTARS IN ATLANTA’S LINEUP. THEY ARE GETTING THE RETURN OF ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THAT GROUP IN MARKAKIS. HE WILL BE SUITING UP FOR THE BRAVES. HE IS MOVING TO LEFT FIELD BECAUSE MATT JOYCE STEPPED INTO THE LINEUP. HAROLD: WHAT MARKAKIS DOES IS ALLOWS THEM — NATIONAL GAME IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THAT BENCH. MAKING DOUBLE SWITCHES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. NEXT TO A GUY A YEAR AGO WAS AN ALL-STAR — STEPHEN: FOR THE FIRST TIME. HAROLD: HE HAS AN AMAZING CAREER, BUT HE POSTS UP EVERY DAY. THE INJURY WAS SURPRISING. THE ONE THING THAT STANDS OUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS HE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST BASE RUNNERS IN ALL OF BASEBALL. MAYBE NOT AS EXPLOSIVE, BUT GOING FIRST TO THIRD. YOU ARE SMART, MAN. STEPHEN: [LAUGHTER] WE COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER WELL. WE TALK ABOUT THE BRAVES LINEUP. WHAT ABOUT THE HOME SQUAD? WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT THE TOP. YOU WANT TO DYNAMIC LEADOFF MAN? TREA TURNER IS THAT PLAYING SHORT FOLLOWED BY ADAM EATON AND WASHINGTON’S M.V.P. CANDIDATE ANTHONY RENDON, CHILDISH BAMBINO JUAN SOTO, ASDRUBAL CABRERA. HAROLD: YOU THINK ABOUT SOTO, ALBIES AND ACUNA. THESE GUYS ARE NOT EVEN 21 YEARS OLD YET. STEPHEN: THEY ARE BABIES. TREA TURNER HAS BEEN IN THE LEAGUE A FEW YEARS, BUT STILL HAS THE BABY FACE. HEIDI: THANK YOU, STEPHEN. YOU GUYS ARE IN CONTROL IN THE WILD-CARD RACE. YOU HAVE BEEN FOR A WHILE. A LOT OF PRESSURE, TEAMS BEHIND YOU. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE IN THIS POSITION AFTER THE OFF-SEASON, YOU LOSE A BIG PLAYER, GOT OFF TO A SLOW START? PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE YOU IN THIS POSITION. TREA: IT STARTED OUT HOW WE WANTED TO, BUT WE KNEW WE WERE A GOOD ENOUGH TEAM TO EITHER WIN THE DIVISION OR STEAL A WILD-CARD SPOT. AFTER A GOOD COUPLE MONTHS WE ARE IN THE PITCHER NOW. WE KIND OF CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINY. BEING IN THE LEAD IS BETTER THAN TRYING TO CATCH ANOTHER TEAM. WE CONTROL OUR DESTINY AND TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. GOING TO BE A TOUGH GAME, BUT HOPEFULLY WE FINISH STRONG. HEIDI: ANTHONY RENDON IS A QUIET GUY, BUT HE REALLY SHOULD BE IN THE M.V.P. RACE. HE IS CERTAINLY THERE IN NUMBERS. MAKE HIS CASE. TREA: I THINK IF HE HAD A TWITTER HE WOULD BE AN M.V.P. MY HONEST OPINION IF HE WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT HIM, HE WOULD BE IN THE CONVERSATION MORE. THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS HE HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLE, BUT HE IS A QUIET, HUMBLE GUY AND DOES NOT MARKET HIMSELF WELL ENOUGH. THE NUMBERS ARE CERTAINLY THERE. PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK BECAUSE HE IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THOSE GUYS UP THERE. DEFINITELY SOME GOOD PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE N.L., BUT HIS NUMBERS DO NOT LIE AND THEY ARE IMPRESSIVE. HEIDI: TOUGH COMPETITION, BUT FOCUS ON THE NUMBERS. I LIKE THAT. YOU GOT IN AT 6:00 A.M. IN MINNESOTA. IT IS ALSO FRIDAY THE 13TH. WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR BLACK CATS. DO YOU HAVE SUPERSTITIONS OR ANYTHING YOU ARE EXTRA CAREFUL TODAY? TREA: NO, I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT. MAYBE I FORGET IF I DO SOMETHING WRONG. YOU KNOW THE OLD BASEBALL TRADITIONS, DO NOT STEP ON THE LINE. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD GAME TRY TO BE CONSISTENT. FOR ME AS A BASEBALL PLAYER IT IS HARD NOT TO HAVE SOME. HEIDI: THANK YOU. GOOD LUCK TONIGHT. STEPHEN: I LIKE THAT SOUNDBITE FROM TREA TURNER. IF ANTHONY RENDON HAD TWITTER, IF HE WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT HIM, HE WOULD BE MORE ENTRENCHED AND MAY BE LEADING THE M.V.P. CONVERSATION, THAT IS WHAT TREA TURNER IS SAYING. HAROLD: HE HAS THE SANITY TO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU. STEPHEN: SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DRAG YOU DOWN. HAROLD: THEY CAN BUILD YOU UP, TOO. STEPHEN: HAROLD RUNNERS AND STEPHEN NELSON HERE. EVERY TIME THE NATS LINEUP COMES OUT YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LINEUP. HAROLD: YOU HEARD EARLIER IF YOU ARE WATCHING, JOSH DONALDSON WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BRAVES, ALBIES AS THE SWITCH HITTER AND THE THINGS HE CAN DO. I WANT TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THE NATIONALS BECAUSE I THINK THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LINEUP IS SO IMPORTANT THERE IS A ROLE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL POSITION. TAKE THE LEADOFF HITTER. CAN HE DO THINGS FOR YOU? HE CAN PUT THE BALL IN PLAY STILL. 3-2 COUNT. HE CAN TAKE A WALK FOR YOU. HE DOES NOT CLOG THE BASES. THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE LEADOFF GUY. NOT ONLY STEAL A BAG AND SCORE, HE CAN HURT YOU WITH THE LONG BALL, TOO. HE IS CREAM OF THE CROP, WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN A ONE HITTER. HE WILL PULL A BALL THROUGH THE HOLE. LET THAT LEFT-HANDER SHOOT A BALL. HE CAN SCORE IT FROM FIRST BASE, BUT ADAM EATON ALSO BEING THE TWO HITTER, WHEN THERE IS A MAN ON THE HOLE, GOES FIRST AND THIRD, OPENS IT UP. HE CAN DROP A BUNT. LOVE THE HUSTLE. HE WILL DROP A BUNT ON YOU. IT IS EITHER A HIT OR PREP — OR A SACRIFICE. A BUNT SINGLE AND STILL NO OUTS. OTHER THING HE CAN DO IS STEAL A BASE FOR YOU. ONE OUT, THE INNING NOT OVER, HE WILL NOT CLOG THAT BASE. AS A BONUS EVERYBODY ONCE A LONG BALL. HE CAN DO THAT AS WELL. LET’S GO TO THE THREE GUY. THE THREE MAN HITS FOR HIGH AVERAGE, DRIVES AND RUNS AND HAS HIGH-POWER. THAT IS ANTHONY RENDON. EVEN IN THE RAIN. HE CAN DRIVE BALLS EVERYWHERE FOR YOU. THE BIGGEST THING TO ME, HE IS ON FIRST BASE, HE DOES NOT CLOG THE BASES. WITH TWO OUTS, IT IS LIKE HAVING A MAN IN SCORING POSITION. CAN SHOOT A BALL IN THE GAP AND RUN THAT GUY TO FIRST BASE AND KEEP THE INNING GOING. THAT IS HOW YOU DRIVE IN BIG RUNS. LAST THING IS WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME PLATE AND YOU ARE IN SCORING POSITION. THE FOUR HITTER, CLEANUP GUY, ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS IN ALL BASEBALL. HE DRIVES AND RUNS, SCORING POSITION AT THE PLATE. WHEN HE IS AT THE PLATE, HE IS IN SCORING POSITION BECAUSE OF THE POWER AND ABILITY TO DRIVE IT TO ALL FIELDS, AND PITCH, ANY TIME. THAT IS WHY THE NATIONALS, — THAT IS WHY THE NATIONALS ARE SO UNIQUE. HE COMPLETES THE CLUB. YOU SAID I COMPLETE YOUR SENTENCES, I “HAD YOU AT HELLO.” HE TURNS 21 PRETTY SOON. IT IS AMAZING WHAT HE IS OFF TO. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. THEY CAN HURT YOU SO MANY WAYS. THERE IS A WEAPON FOR EVERY POSITION IN THE LINEUP. STEPHEN: HAROLD, SHUT UP AREA JUST SHUT UP. YOU HAD ME AT HELLO. [LAUGHTER] I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU DROPPED “JERRY MAGUIRE,” THAT REFERENCE. WHATEVER THE NATS HAVE BEEN DOING, THEY LEAD RUNS SCORED IN THE ALL-STAR BREAK. ONLY THE ASTROS AND YANKEES HAVE SCORED MORE IN THE BIG LEAGUES. COMING OUT IN THE FESTIVITIES, THE MIDSUMMER CLASSIC, THAN THE NATS. THE RACE TO OCTOBER IS HERE. I WANT YOU TO WATCH THE POSTSEASON WITH YOUTUBE TV. 70 PLUS CHANNELS OF LIVE TELEVISION INCLUDING EVERYTHING A POSTSEASON GAME. IT ALSO COMES WITH UNLIMITED DVR CLOUD STORAGE AND SEVEN INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD AT NO EXTRA CHARGE SO YOU CAN ADD YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS TO YOUR LIBRARIES YOU DO NOT MISS A SINGLE MOMENT OF ACTION. SET UP IS EASY. GET READY FOR THE POSTSEASON A WATCH LIVE WITH YOUTUBE TV. YOU CAN TRY IT FOR FREE RIGHT NOW. LET’S GET YOU IN UPDATE WITH THE CUBS AND PIRATES AT WRIGLEY FIELD.>>DRIVEN DEEP AND IT IS 4-2, JUST LIKE THAT. LINE SHOT HOME RUN, NICK CASTELLANOS.>>HERE WE GO. 15TH AS A CUB IN 40 GAMES. IT IS GOING TO BE A ONE RUN BALLGAME WHEN THIS BALL LANDS. WILLSON CONTRERAS, NUMBER 22. CENTER FIELD. HE SENDS ONE DEEP TO CENTER AND HE IS HOMERED TWICE TODAY. DEEP TO RIGHT FOR RIZZO. SLAM. 10-4. A FAIR BALL PICKED UP BY CONTRARY US. HE HAD LOTS OF TIME. PIRATES ARE GOING TO GET TWO RUNS OUT OF THIS. SLOPPY CUBS DEFENSE TODAY. GIVING THE PIRATES TOO MANY CHANCES AND THEY ARE NOT DONE YET. 10-6. THREE RUN GAME. 10-7. LESTER JUST PICKED UP A PEBBLE AND FIRED IT DOWN. BOUNCED UP THE MIDDLE AND THE CENTER. TWO RUNS WILL SCORE. 12-7. STEPHEN: 12-7. IT IS THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH. N.L. CENTRAL CLASH. HERE ARE THE WILD-CARD STANDINGS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. CHICAGO EVEN UP WITH THE MILWAUKEE. DESPITE CHRISTIAN YELICH, HAVE WON SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES. THEY ARE TIED. IF THE SEASON ENDED, THEY WOULD PLAY A TIEBREAK AND THE WINNER WOULD GO TO WASHINGTON, D.C. THE METS, PHILLIES TWO GAMES BACK. ARIZONA AFTER A TOUGH WEEK. HAROLD: I WORRY ABOUT THE METS AND THE PHILLIES. THE METS ARE PLAYING GREAT BALL. THEY ARE HOT RIGHT NOW. AND THE PHILLIES CAN HANDLE IT. STEPHEN: I AM IN FOR THE CHAOS AND LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE. ONE OF OUR STAPLES OF THE PREGAME SHOW. HAROLD: THIS MAKES ME NERVOUS. STEPHEN: WHY? DON’T BE NERVOUS. YOU ARE HAROLD REYNOLDS. YOU ARE THE MAYOR OF CONFIDENCE UNOFFICIALLY. FOUR MAYBE OFFICIALLY. THE FIRST TOPIC, RONALD ACUNA JR. IS THE BEST PLAYER ON THE ATLANTA BRAVES. HAROLD: THAT IS EASY FOR ME — YES. THUMBS UP. LOOK WHAT HE IS DOING. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT 40-40, BUT IT IS HIS AGE AND THE UPSIDE. HE HAS COME UP WITH BIG MOMENTS AS WELL. LIKE I SAID EARLIER, THERE IS GOING TO BE THREE OR FOUR GUYS ON A TEAM WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GO TO THE WORLD SERIES TO WIN A DIVISION YOU WILL TALK ABOUT AS POSSIBLE M.V.P.’S. I JUST THINK HE IS THE BEST. STEPHEN: HE WILL BE IN THE CONVERSATION THE NEXT DECADE. HE IS THAT GOOD, SPECIAL AND YOUNG. SPEAKING OF MORE HARDWARE, MORE PRESSURE ON YOU. MAX SCHERZER WILL WIN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD AGAIN. HAROLD: HAD YOU ASKED ME THIS IN JUNE, RUNAWAY TRAIN, YES. BUT I DO NOT THINK SO NOW. I THINK THE INJURY HURT HIM AND ALLOWED OTHER GUYS TO GET IN THE CONVERSATION. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT — THEY DO NOT LOOK AT THE WINS. THAT IS IMPORTANT. THEY LOOK AT THE E.R.A. A LOT, STRIKEOUTS, ALL THE NEW NUMBERS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK MAX HAS NOT THROWN ENOUGH. STEPHEN: WHO WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO? HAROLD: I HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BOARD AGAIN. STEPHEN: RYU, SCHERZER, SOROKA, STRASBURG. HAROLD: STRASBURG. STEPHEN: BUT HE IS SUB THREE. HAROLD: HE HAD TO PITCH THROUGH WHEN THE TEAM HAD INJURIES. STEPHEN: AND HE HAS 17 WINS. HAROLD: AND 17 WINS. IT IS IMPORTANT. SOME GUYS KNOW HOW TO WIN, SOME KNOW HOW TO LOSE GAMES. WINNING IS AN ART. STEPHEN: ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW FOR SURE ABOUT WASHINGTON, THAT ROTATION WILL NOT BE FUN WITH SCHERZER, CORBIN, STRASBURG. IT IS A DIFFERENT TEAM THIS YEAR, DIFFERENT FIELD. DESPITE POSTSEASON SHORTCOMINGS, THEY WILL REACH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES THIS YEAR. HAROLD: I AM FEELING THEM, THUMBS UP. STEPHEN: LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE, WHY? HAROLD: THEY TURNED IT AROUND. IF YOU LOOK WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FROM MID TO LATE JUNE TO EARLY JULY, THIS IS WHAT THEY HAD PLANNED AND EXECUTED. THEY DID BETTER THIS YEAR, THE PITCHING IS GREAT. I SAID EARLIER, I THINK THEY ARE THE ONLY TEAM THAT CAN MATCH UP WITH THE DODGERS AND BEAT THEM. WE WILL SEE HOW THE MATCHUPS END UP AREA WHETHER IT IS FIRST ROUND OR IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. STEPHEN: THE BRAVES ARE 8.5 IN FRONT OF THE NATS. THE BRAVES ARE NINE WINS AWAY FROM 100 VICTORIES IN A SINGLE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIS, THE BRAVES WILL WIN THE WORLD SERIES IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS. HAROLD: WIN A WORLD SERIES? I THOUGHT IT WAS GET TO. I THINK YES, THUMBS UP. THEY HAVE THE NUCLEUS TO DO IT. THERE WILL BE SOME TURNOVER. IN THREE YEARS TIME YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH DONALDSON, FREDDIE FREEMAN. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ALBIES, ALL THE YOUNG TALENT. THEY WILL SIGN FREE AGENTS AS WELL. IN THE PITCHING STAFF IS 100% YOUNG. STEPHEN: WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PLAYING THIS GAME WITH YOU, IF YOU WOULD PUT THOSE FOUR QUESTIONS IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY, I THINK THE ONES YOU SAID YES TO, WOULD SAY NO. AND THE NO THE ONE YOU WOULD SAY YES. THAT IS WHY WE PLAY THE GAME, LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE. AS WE GET SET FOR THE EMILY GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE, LET’S CHECK IN WITH THE MEMBERS OF OUR BOOTH>>THANK YOU, WE HAVE SURE’S OR, SOROKA, WE HAVE THE WIND BLOWING OUT TO LEFT. WE WILL FOCUS ON OFFENSE. LET’S START WITH THE UNSUNG HERO OF NATIONALS TEAMS FOR YEARS GONE BY FINALLY GETTING RECOGNITION, ANTHONY RENDON. SUPERSTAR, BUT NOT THE LOUDEST IN THE DUGOUT.>>NOTHING BUT SPECTACULAR DURING HIS TIME IN D.C., BUT LIKE YOU SAID, HE IS VERY HUMBLE, VERY QUIET, GOES ABOUT HIS BUSINESS, VERY PROFESSIONAL.>>FREDDIE FREEMAN VERY SIMILAR IN THEIR PERSONALITIES, LEADERSHIP STYLES AND PRODUCTION. TWO GUYS WE CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THAT WILL BE COMPARED FOR YEARS TO COME. RONALD ACUNA JR. AND JUAN SOTO. I WILL LET YOU TAKE SOTO. WHY SHOULD I PICK SOTO IN A FANTASY DRAFT OVER ACUNA JUNIOR? JUSTIN: IF YOUR LEAGUE COUNTS QUALITY AT STATS — AT-BATS. HE IS 20 YEARS OLD, WHICH FREAKS ME OUT. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE SEEN A GUY AT THIS AGE ABLE TO DO WHAT HE IS ABLE TO DO AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. HIS IN GAME ADJUSTMENTS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. I SAW A GAME WHERE HE WAS FACING LEFTIES. HE MOVED UP IN THE BOX. I DID NOT DO THAT AT ALL. WHEREVER MY BACK FOOT WAS DUG IN, THAT IS WHERE I STAY. MATT: YOU THINK ABOUT RONALD ACUNA JR.. THIS IS NOT A FANTASY CHANNEL, BUT YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH EITHER. HE WILL STEAL BASES, HIT HOME RUNS. HE DRIVES AND A LOT FROM THE LEADOFF SPOT. CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THAT OFFENSE. WE ARE IN FOR A GREAT ONE. BACK TO YOU. STEPHEN: THANK YOU. HE AND JUSTIN MAXWELL. HAROLD: TAKING THE TOSS, THE THROW BACK. STEPHEN: SCOTT BRAUN CALLING THE GAME. NOT SURE’S ARE GETTING LOOSE. COMING BACK FROM THE INJURY. MAYBE IT IS TONIGHT BECAUSE LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE BRAVES IN SIX. HAROLD: HE IS A GUY THEY NEED TO PITCH WELL AND PERFORM BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL BATTLING TO GET IN. 3.5 UP IN THE WILD-CARD RIGHT NOW. IF IT WAS REVERSED AND THEY HAD EIGHT GAMES LIKE THE BRAVES DO, YOU ONLY GET MAYBE FIVE INNINGS OUT OF MAX, BUT NOW THEY HAVE TO GET THE MAX OUT OF MAX. [LAUGHTER] STEPHEN: HAROLD REYNOLDS. THIS NATIONALS TEAM WITHOUT BRYCE HARPER YEAR ONE FEELS DIFFERENT AND I AM NOT SAYING THAT IS BECAUSE PRICES GONE. THERE IS A DIFFERENT VIBE AND A DIFFERENT ROAD TO THE POSTSEASON THEN IN YEARS PAST. THEY’RE PLAYING MEANINGFUL COMPETITIVE GAMES DOWN THE STRETCH. HAROLD: IT IS BETTER FOR THEM TO BE COMPETITIVE DOWN THE STRETCH. HE HAS FINALLY ESTABLISH THE CULTURE. THEY ARE DANCING, HAVING FUN. YOU HAD NOT SEEN THAT IN THE PAST. WE ARE IN D.C. STEPHEN: PRESIDENTS RACE. WHY ARE WE TALKING LIKE THIS? HAROLD: THAT IS WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE SERIOUS. STEPHEN: SOME PEOPLE DO NOT BUY THAT. WHEN THE HEAT IS ON YOU THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME OF YEAR YOU GO IN IN A DIFFERENT LEVEL THAN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO BE HEALTHY GOING INTO THE POSTSEASON. HAROLD: AND YOU GET THE FLOW EVERY DAY. I’M CURIOUS HOW THE DODGERS DO IT. THEY DO A BETTER THAN ANYBODY, HOW TO KEEP GUYS SHARP. YOU LOOK AT THE YANKEE’S, THEY HAVE THIS THING WRAPPED UP AND THEY KEEP DROPPING LIKE FLIES. EVENTUALLY YOU GO, PULL IT BACK A LITTLE BIT. THAT IS THE WORST PLACE TO BE WHEN YOU HAVE ALREADY CLINCHED AND YOU ARE TRYING NOT TO GET GUYS INJURED, BUT WANT TO PLAY HARD. I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE IN A SITUATION LIKE THE NATIONALS WHERE I HAVE TO PLAY HARD ALL THE WAY THROUGH AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN POSTSEASON. STEPHEN: WASHINGTON IS THE TEAM YOU FIELD MATCHES A BEST WITH L.A. WHAT DOES ATLANTA NEED TO DO? HAROLD: STARTING PITCHING, I DO NOT SEE THE POWER. THESE GUYS HAVE STARTING PITCHING. YOU CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS. AND THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT POWER COMING AT YOU. I THINK THE NATIONALS CAN REACH BACK. THEY’RE STARTING PITCHING WILL HAVE TO GO DEEP IN GAMES. AND THAT BEING A LOT ABOUT THE BULLPEN, BUT IF YOU’RE STARTING PITCHING CAN MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE, YOUR BULLPEN IS NOT AS PREVALENT IN THE POSTSEASON, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE THEM AS MUCH. STEPHEN: IN THE M.V.P. CONVERSATION THERE ARE SEVERAL IN THIS GAME ALONE. SOROKA IS IN THE CONVERSATION, JOSH DONALDSON. ANTHONY RENDON, WE TALKED ABOUT HIM, SCHERZER, STRASBURG. HAROLD: SOTO PLAYED HIMSELF INTO THE CONVERSATION. WATCHING SOME OF THE GREATEST YOUNG TALENT IN ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SHOWCASED TONIGHT IN BOTH OF THESE TEAMS. STEPHEN: YOU NAILED THE PREDICTION LAST TIME. HAROLD: I THINK TONIGHT SOTO GOES OFF. STEPHEN: THAT IS GOING TO DO IT FOR THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. ENJOY THE BRAVES AND THE NATS. ♪>>HERE IS THE PITCH.>>WHAT A PLAY.>>ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MATT: THIS WEEKEND IS JUST LIKE LAST WEEKEND. THE TOP TWO IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST SQUARING OFF, BUT THIS TIME THE SERIES SHIFTS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. ON A COOLER FRIDAY NIGHT. IT FEELS LIKE FALL IN A REGION RICH WITH NATIONAL LANDMARKS AND A BALLCLUB USUALLY PLAYING MEANINGFUL GAMES THIS TIME OF YEAR. ON THIS FRIDAY THE 13TH THIS IS THE GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. IT IS THE ATLANTA BRAVES IN WASHINGTON NATIONALS IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL. HELLO TO THE YOUTUBE AUDIENCE WATCHING WORLDWIDE. I AM SCOTT BRAUN. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THE TOP TWO IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST. THE NATIONALS WOULD LOVE TO HOST THE WILD-CARD GAME. THEY ARE BOTH IN LINE FOR THAT AT THE MOMENT. THESE GAMES ARE STREAMING FOR YOU ON MLB’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. THEY ARE FREE AND AFTER TODAY WE HAVE TWO MORE GAMES ON YOUTUBE THE REST OF THE SEASON. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY JOINED THE 2.1 MILLION OTHER FANS SUBSCRIBING, CLICK THE BELL ICON SO YOU KNOW WHEN THE NEXT FREE GAME IS COMING. GO TO THE MLB POP UP ON THE CHANNEL GUIDE AND YOU CAN HEAR FROM ATLANTA BRAVES. MATT DIAZ AND FORMER WASHINGTON NATIONAL JUSTIN MAXWELL. WE HAVE A PREMIER STARTING PITCHING, MIKE SOROKA THE ROOKIE FACING UP AGAINST MAX SCHERZER. SOROKA DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A ROOKIE, DESI? STEPHEN: CALLING SOROKA A ROOKIE IS HARD THIS TIME OF YEAR. SOROKA IS THEIR NUMBER ONE, MAKE NO QUALMS ABOUT IT. HIS WHIP HE GUARANTEED TO END THE SEASON WITH LESS THAN A 1.2 WHIP. HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD RUN. DAN: — JUSTIN: HE HAS LED THE MLV IN INNINGS PITCHED AND STRIKEOUTS. EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO DO WHEN HE SIGNED COMING FROM THE DETROIT TIGERS. THIS IS A GREAT MATCHUP. I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING IT. SCOTT: THEY ARE FACING DANGEROUS OFFENSE LED BY SUPERSTARS. PLENTY ON BOTH SIDES, BUT TWO VERY YOUNG ONES WILL BE COMPARED FOR YEARS TO COME. THAT IS JUAN SOTO AND RONALD ACUNA JR.. WHAT MAKES ACUNA JUNIOR THE BEAST? MATT: HIS NICKNAME IS THE BEAST. HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO BE CALLED THE BEAST. WE ARE ON 40-40 WATCH. 39 HOME RUNS, 36 STOLEN BASES. HE IS ON PACE FOR 43 HOME RUNS. SOMETHING TELLS ME WE WILL SEE THAT. HE IS A SUPER SOPHOMORE AND CERTAINLY THE BEAST. SCOTT: HE IS PATIENT BEYOND HIS YEARS. JUSTIN: YES, HE HAS NOT HAD A SOPHOMORE SLUMP. NOTHING SHORT OF PHENOMENAL. HE HAS ONLY GOTTEN BETTER AS THE SEASON HAS GONE ON. HE IS PATIENT AT THE PLATE. HE CAN HIT RIGHTIES AND LEFTIES. SCOTT: SOTO FINISHES TWO, ACUNA NUMBER ONE FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. THEY WERE IN CAN THAT — THEY WERE NECK AND THISNECK. THEY WERE NECK AND NECK. THE SKY IS TRULY THE LIMIT FOR THESE TWO. BOTH TEAMS ARE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. THE BRAVES LOOKING LIKE THEY WILL WALK — LOCK UP THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST SOON. IN THE CENTRAL THE CUBS TRAIL BY FOUR. SO DO THE BREWERS. THE DODGERS HAVE THE WEST LOCKED DOWN. THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS HAVE A 3.5 GAME EDGE FOR THE WILD-CARD POSITION. IT MEANS THEY WOULD HOST, BUT IT IS A MUDDLED MESS FOR THAT SECOND SPOT AND WE LOVE IT. SHIFT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. THE A’S, THE RAYS AND THE INDIANS. BUT ONLY TWO OF THESE TEAMS GET TO GO TO THE POSTSEASON. MATT: YOU TAKE THE BEST TEAM OR THE HOTTEST TEAM. THE A’S ARE CERTAINLY THE HOTTEST TEAM AND TAMPA BAY HAS BEEN STEADY. SCOTT: IT WILL BE A FUN RACE TO THE FINISH LINE. AND THEN IT IS OCTOBER. ATLANTA STARTS WITH RONALD ACUNA JR., THEN HIS BUDDY OZZIE ALBIES SECOND, FREDDIE FREEMAN IS THIRD. JOSH DONALDSON IN THE FOUR SPOT. WELCOME BACK NICK MARKAKIS, MATT JOYCE IN RIGHT, TYLER FLOWERS CATCHING, DANSBY SWANSON AND SHORTSTOP AND MIKE SOROKA WILL ROUND OUT THE STARTING NINE FOR THE ATLANTA BRAVES GOING UP AGAINST MAD MAX SCHERZER, 24TH START OF THE YEAR, E.R.A. AT 2.56. HE HAS BEEN A PERENNIAL CY YOUNG CONTENDER. HE HAS HAD IT THREE SEASONS IN HIS CAREER. DAVE MARTINEZ HIS MANAGER TOLD US HE IS OFFICIALLY BACK. JUSTIN: THE BRAKES ARE OFF. MAD MAX IS READY TO GO. WE SAW LAST WEEK WHEN HE FACED THE BRAVE SUNDAY. DAVEY MARTINEZ TOLD US THE SAME. LET’S SEE WHAT HE HAS GOT TONIGHT. SCOTT: WE ARE OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY. MAX SCHERZER FIRES ABOVE THE ZONE TO ACUNA JUNIOR. A BALL AND NO STRIKES. TEAM LEADER IN HOME RUNS. NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADER IN STOLEN BASES AND RUNS SCORED. MATT: THAT IS FILTHY. MAX WILL BE CAREFUL WITH ACUNA. ACUNA JR. HAS A 1053 O.P.S. AGAINST HIM. HAS NOT HAD THAT MUCH OF A STRUGGLE WITH MAX SCHERZER, AS NASTY AS HE IS. SCOTT: MAX BEAT THE BRAVE SUNDAY. THERE WAS A FOUR GAME SERIES BETWEEN THESE TWO GAMES LAST WEEKEND. THE BRAVES THE LAST THREE. THE NATS SALVAGED A GAME SUNDAY THANKS TO SCHERZER. SIX INNINGS, TWO HITS, TWO WALKS, NINE STRIKEOUTS. ANOTHER STRIKE TO ACUNA. THE ONLY BLEMISH, MATT JOYCE HIT A HOME RUN. IN FACT, JOYCE HAD BOTH HITS AGAINST MAX. JUSTIN: IT HAPPENS LIKE THAT SOMETIMES. GUY’S SOMETIMES HAVE OTHER GUYS NUMBERS. A GOOD HIT WITH TWO STRIKES. SCOTT: THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FROM THIS PAST SUNDAY. HIS FIFTH START OFF THE INJURED LIST IS TONIGHT. THIS WAS NUMBER FOUR. HE LOOKED LIKE MAX. 98 PITCHES. SAID HE COULD HAVE GONE TO 110. A RUN, A WIN. 9-4, THE NATIONALS TOOK DOWN THE BRAVES. IT IS 2-2. MATT: BIG AT-BAT WORKING MAX OUT THE GATE. ACUNA DOES NOT NECESSARILY — NOT HIS COUNTERPART. JUSTIN: I THINK THAT IS WHY THEY MOVED HIM TO THE TOP OF THE LINEUP. HE IS AN AGGRESSIVE HITTER. WHEN THEY MISS IN THE ZONE HE MAKES THEM PAY. SCOTT: YOU CAN SEE WHEN HE IS LEADING OFF THAT IS WHEN HE IS MOST DANGEROUS. THAT IS WHEN THE TEAM TOOK OFF ON MAY 10 OF THE SEASON. ATLANTA DECIDED TO PLACE ACUNA JUNIOR AT THE TOP OF THE LINEUP. THIS BRAVES TEAM IS ONE OF THE BEST SINCE THEN. 91 WINS, 57 LOSSES FOR ATLANTA. ALREADY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. JUSTIN: GREAT CHANGEUP, THAT IS TOUGH. DO NOT KNOW HOW HE LAID OFF OF THAT. MATT: YOU CAN SEE FROM HIS REACTION HE JUMPED. SCOTT: THERE IS THAT JOHN. WE HAVE ALL DONE THAT. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: NINTH PITCH OF THE AT-BAT , RIGHT TO THE GLOVE OF RENDON. A LITTLE HOP FOR OUT NUMBER ONE. MATT: A LITTLE OUT IN FRONT. WE WILL TALK A LOT ABOUT THESE THIRD BASEMAN. ONE THING WE DO NOT FOCUS ON ENOUGH IS HOW GOOD DEFENSIVELY THEY ARE. THEY ARE READY EVERY PLAY. THEY MAKE PHENOMENAL DEFENSIVE PLAYS. WE SAW THEM DANCE IN THE DUGOUT AFTER A GAME AND NOW WE SEE HIM JUMP. HE IS SHOWING HIS ATHLETICISM. SCOTT: OZZIE ALBIES. JUSTIN: WHEN YOU LOOK AT LAST WEEKEND SERIES HE HAD A GREAT SERIES AGAINST THE NATS. COMING AFTER THEIR METS SERIES, LOOKING TO CATCH THE BRAVES IN THE STANDINGS. THIS GUY DID A GREAT JOB. SCOTT: TOWARDS THE RIGHT SIDE, PAST CABRERA. A BASE HIT FOR ALBIES. MATT: THE NATS WERE ONLY A FEW GAMES BACK AND WERE HOPING THEY WOULD CATCH THEM. JUSTIN: GREAT PIECE OF HITTING. SHOOTS IT THROUGH. THE BRAVES ARE ON THE BOARD. BASE HIT. SCOTT: HE HOMERED YESTERDAY IN PHILADELPHIA. ONE ON WITH ONE OUT FOR FREDDIE FREEMAN. TEAM LEADER IN BATTING AVERAGE AND O.P.S. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A COOL LOOK AT FREEMAN AND HOW HE AND SCHERZER HAVE BATTLED OVER THE YEARS. SCHERZER HAS CERTAINLY HAD HIS NUMBER. YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS GRAPHIC EXACTLY HOW SCHERZER WANTS TO PITCH FREDDIE. HE IS UP COMPARED TO MOST LEFTIES. SCHERZER TRIES TO GO AWAY EVERY TIME HE MISSES. FREDDIE HAS HAD EPIC MATCHUPS AND HE MENTIONS MAX’S ONE OF THE BEST IN THE SPORT OF COURSE. A QUOTE FROM THE OTHER DAY, IF HE THROWS A BALL TO YOU, YOU KNOW HE IS SETTING YOU UP FOR SOMETHING ELSE. THAT IS THE HARDEST THING. 0-3 SUNDAY AGAINST SCHERZER. FIRST — CUTTER, THIRD AT-BAT. MATT: FREDDIE HAS ALREADY SEEN THE FASTBALL. HE TRIED TO WORK HIM AWAY WITH THAT CHANGEUP. SCOTT: BIG CUT AND A MISS. HE TURNED 30 YESTERDAY. HE SAID THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE ME ANYMORE. THERE IS A THREE — THERE IS A FEE AT MY AGE. JUSTIN: BASEBALL IS A FUNNY SPORT. SOME GET BETTER AS THEY GET OLDER AND SOME PEAK. FREDDIE SEEMS TO BE GETTING BETTER. SCOTT: STEADY FREDDIE THEY CALL HIM. THE 1-2 LIFTED TO RIGHT CENTER. EATON IS THERE FOR THE SECOND OUT. JUSTIN: HOW DID HE PUT THE BALL IN PLAY? SCOTT: WHEN HE TURN 35 IN THE SABR MAGICIANS REALLY HATE HIM — THE BALL REALLY DID BOUNCE. THE UNBELIEVABLE CHANGEUP, JUST DIVING DOWN WITH SOME OF THE BEST HAND-EYE COORDINATION IN ALL OF BASEBALL, ABLE TO FLICK HIS WRIST. THE BALL GETS TO THE OUTFIELD. ALMOST TOO MUCH POWER. JUSTIN: WE KNOW FREDDIE ALWAYS CHOKES UP AT TWO STRIKES. I LIKE THAT HE SACRIFICED TO GIVE THE TEAM A CHANCE. IF IT DROPS, THAT IS FIRST AND THIRD, ONE OUT. SCOTT: THAT LEADS US TO JOSH DONALDSON. THREE PLAYERS ON THIS ROSTER THAT REALISTICALLY SHOULD GET TO 40 HOME RUNS ON THE YEAR. ACUNA JUNIOR AT 39, FREEMAN AT 38 AND DONALDSON UP TO 37. HE DID NOT LIKE THIS CALL AND HE MIGHT BE RIGHT TO READ IT IS A TOUGH SPOT. AS A HITTER I AM SAYING IT IS A BALL. INSIDE ON THE 0-1. JUSTIN: THAT WAS THE ULTIMATE PITCHERS PITCH. YOU SEE HOW MAX LIKES TO WORK BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE, DOWN AND AWAY. LET’S SEE WHAT HE HAS GOT NEXT. SCOTT: SIX HOMERS AGAINST THE NATIONALS. HE HAS BEEN PUNISHING THE ENTIRE LEAGUE, BUT ESPECIALLY SINCE JUNE 10, JOE MUSGROVE OF THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES HITS HIM WITH A PITCH. HE IS EJECTED AND HIS NUMBERS REALLY ESCALATED TO THE NEXT LEVEL AFTER THAT. THEY CALL IT THE PRE-AND POST MUSGROVE NUMBERS. MATT: THE UMBRELLA STARTED COMING OUT. I WANT TO KNOW IF THAT MAKES THE ROAD TRIP AND WHO IS IN CHARGE OF PACKING IT. SCOTT: THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, POST MUSGROVE. 21 HOME RUNS AND A DAZZLING HOME RUN CELEBRATION THAT MATT IS ALLUDING TO. THERE IS AN ACTUAL UMBRELLA IN THE DUGOUT AFTER HE HITS HOME RUNS AND HE CARRIES IT WITH HIM. MATT: IT DEFINITELY GOES ON THE ROAD. I HAVE SEEN IT ON THE ROAD. SCOTT: WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA? WAS IT MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ. MATT: HE RUNS THROUGH THE TUNNEL DAYS HE IS NOT STARTING AND HANDS IT TO DONALDSON. JUSTIN: THAT WOULD BE GREAT IF HE WAS STARTING. BETWEEN INNINGS, STANDUP, HANDED OVER. SCOTT: 3-1 IN THE AIR TO RIGHT. LOOKING FOR IT. IT WAS HANGING FOR A WHILE TO FIND IT. SCHERZER GIVES UP THE ALBIES BASE AND THAT IS ALL FOR THE BRAVES OFFENSE. WE GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST INNING. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. SCOTT BRAUN, MATT DIAZ, JUSTIN MAXWELL AND HEIDI WATNEY. EATON DUE FOR THE NATIONALS. LET’S WELCOME IN HEIDI WATNEY. HEIDI: HI, SCOTT. WHEN BALLS ARE LEAVING THE BALLPARK AT A RECORD RATE, AND WE STILL HAVE 2.5 WEEKS TO PLAY, WE ARE TREATED TO A MATCHUP TONIGHT WITH THE BEST PITCHERS LIMITING HOME RUNS. MIKE SOROKA HAS THE TOP AVERAGE IN LEAST HOME RUNS PER NINE INNINGS. MAX SCHERZER BEHIND HIM. BUT IRONICALLY, NOT AS GOOD AGAINST THE NATIONALS. AFTER 13 HOME RUNS HE HAS GIVEN UP, FIVE HAVE COME AND AGAINST THE NATIONALS TEAM. THREE OF THOSE HIT IN JUST THE LAST START. THREE OF THEM HOMERS IN A LOSS TO THE NATIONALS. ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT SOROKA THAT IS SO GOOD, HIS ROAD E.R.A. IS THE BEST IN ALL OF BASEBALL, 1.44. I TALKED TO A NUMBER OF HIS TEAMMATES, EVEN TREA TURNER, ABOUT WHAT MAKES SOROKA SO GOOD. HE SAID HIS POISE AND PRESENCE ON THE MOUND. SOMETHING THEY HAVE NOT SEEN FROM A 22-YEAR-OLD IN THE PAST. SCOTT: HIS E.R.A. IS THE BEST WE HAVE SEEN SINCE ROGER CLEMENS AND 2005. THIS IS THE LINEUP. SPEEDEE TREA TURNER, 20-YEAR-OLD JUAN SOTO, ASDRUBAL CABRERA, RYAN ZIMMERMAN IS BACK AND FEELING GOOD. VICTOR ROBLES ANOTHER YOUNG STAR. YAN GOMES CATCHING AND MAX SCHERZER IN THE NINE SPOT. LET’S START WITH TREA TURNER. LAST YEAR LED THE NATIONAL IN STOLEN BASES. INJURIES THIS YEAR, BUT UP TO 32 STOLEN BATS. HE BRINGS SPEED, POWER, THE IDEAL LEADOFF HITTER FOR WASHINGTON. FIRST PITCH FROM MIKE SOROKA FOR A STRIKE. .267 AND HEIDY MENTIONED A 1.44 E.R.A. LAST TIME WE SAID — SAW THAT ON THE ROAD, ROGER CLEMENS IN 2005. MATT: IT IS PHENOMENAL. IT IS 95 MILES PER HOUR MOVING STRAIGHT SIDEWAYS. TREA TURNER IS BATTING OFF HIM, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW. THE WAY SOROKA ATTACKS HITTERS, HE IS IN THE ZONE UNTIL HE IS AHEAD. HE DOES NOT GIVE UP MANY HOME RUNS BECAUSE IT KEEPS THE BALL DOWN IN THE ZONE. LIKE HEIDI SAID, POISE. HE IS ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. SCOTT: HE IS ELITE IN THAT CATEGORY. JUSTIN: WHEN I WATCH HIM PITCH, THAT IS THE SINKER FOR ME. TURNER MOVED SIX INCHES SIDEWAYS. IN AN ERA WHERE WE TALK ABOUT LAUNCH ANGLE, HAVING A BALL SINK THAT MUCH INTO A HITTER’S HANDS, TAKES IT OUT OF THE AIR. MATT: HE DOES NOT HAVE A STEREOTYPICAL SINKER EITHER. IT IS MORE OF A FADE. SCOTT: HE USES THAT SINKER 46% OF THE TIME AND GETS 65% GROUND BALLS ON THE PITCH. MATT: WOULD BE A GOOD COUNT TO SEE IT HERE. THERE IT IS. JUSTIN: BACKDOOR VARIETY. SCOTT: THIS IS WIDE TREA TURNER. WORKING A GOOD AT-BAT TO LEAD OFF THE GAME. 46% WITH THE SINKER AND THE MONEY SLIDER, FASTBALL AND CHANGEUP. THAT SHIFTED TO LEFT, BACKING UP MARKAKIS TO THE TRACK — HE HAS GOT IT. WELCOME BACK, NICK MARKAKIS. YOU GOT THE FIRST OUT. JUSTIN: ANY TIME YOU MISS, THE BALL WILL FIND YOU. NATS, YOU CAN ATTEST TO THAT. MATT: SOMETIMES YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING IT. YOU DO NOT EXPECT TO SEE NICK MARKAKIS IN LEFT FIELD. MATT JOYCE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL FOR THE BRAVES. MARKAKIS TOLD HIM HE WOULD PLAY WHEREVER WAS NEEDED. IF INCIARTE COMES BACK, IT WOULD GIVE ACUNA TO LEFT FIELD. SCOTT: ADAM EATON IN THE AIR. BERMUDA TRIANGLE ACTION. SWANSON MAKES THE CALL. ANOTHER CLOSE CALL FOR MARKAKIS IN LEFT. THE BRAVES SHORTSTOP HOLDS IT IN FOR OUT NUMBER TWO. MATT: I WAS ALWAYS YELLING YOU, YOU, YOU IN THAT SITUATION. WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS? JUSTIN: IT IS HARD TO SEE, THE SUN JUST SET. THE BALL WILL BLEND IN WITH THE CLOUDS. HE COULD NOT SEE THE BASEBALL AND DANSBY SWANSON HAD A GOOD BEAT ON IT. I KNEW HE COULD NOT SEE IT WELL IN THIS TWILIGHT PHASE WE ARE EXPERIENCING. SCOTT: LISTEN TO THE CHANTS FOR ANTHONY RENDON. WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER WHEN FREDDIE FREEMAN CAME UP TO BAT. ACUNA JUNIOR, M.V.P. CHASES. THIS GUY HAS TO BE IN THE CONVERSATION. JUSTIN: AT THE END OF THE SEASON IF HE IS LEADING AVERAGE AND R.B.I.’S HE HAS TO BE CONSIDERED. I KNOW WHAT BELLINGER IS DOING OUT WEST IS GREAT, — MATT: WHAT YELICH HAS DONE IS GREAT, BUT RENDON CAN CATCH HIM IN A FEW CATEGORIES. THE ONLY GUY HE IS TIED WITH, FREDDIE. JUSTIN: EXACTLY. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, IF HE HAS THE R.B.I.’S, HE HAS TO BE CONSIDERED. I KNOW WHAT THE DODGERS ARE DOING IS GREAT, BUT HITTING PER AVERAGE IS THE HARDEST TO DO BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HIT THE BALL HARD EVERY AT-BAT. WE HAVE SEEN THAT FROM RENDON THE WHOLE SEASON. HE IS PLAYING GREAT DEFENSE. SCOTT: GOOD BASE RUNNER. JUSTIN: GREAT BASE RUNNER AND HUMBLE AS WELL. MATT: I THOUGHT THE LINE OF THE DAY — THE LINE OF THE DAY WHEN WE WERE TALKING TO DAVEY MARTINEZ, WHY ISN’T HE GETTING MORE ATTENTION, THE ANSWER WAS, HE DOES NOT WANT IT. JUSTIN: THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES TO HIS PERSONALITY. SCOTT: 2-2. INFIELD FREDDIE FREEMAN LOOKING FOR IT. FOUNDED IN THE LIGHTS. SOROKA SITS DOWN THE SIDE IN ORDER. JUSTIN: YOU CAN SEE FREDDIE, HIS ARMS OUT. HAD NO IDEA WHERE THE BALL WAS. SCOTT: A TOUGH TIME OF NIGHT, LIKE YOU MENTIONED. THAT BALL EARLIER FROM TREA TURNER MIGHT HAVE LEFT THE YARD IF IT WAS THREE OR FOUR HOURS AGO THE WAY THE WIND WAS SWIRLING. NO SCORE AFTER ONE. SCHERZER AGAINST SOROKA. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. WE HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THIS GAME ON MLB’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. YOU HAVE MULTIPLE OPTIONS TO WATCH THE GAMES. IN ADDITION TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE OR COMPUTER, YOU CAN USE THE YOUTUBE APP ON YOUR SMART TV, ROKU, APPLE TV, PLAYSTATION, XBOX, OR CHROMECAST. YOUTUBE TV IS 70 PLUS CHANNELS OF LIVE TV INCLUDING EVERY POSTSEASON GAME. IT COMES WITH UNLIMITED CLOUD DVR STORAGE AND SIX INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. ADD THAT YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS TO THE LIBRARY SO YOU DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF ACTION. SET UP IS EASY. GET READY FOR THE POSTSEASON AND WATCH LIVE WITH YOUTUBE TV. TRY IT FREE NOW. GORGEOUS NIGHT TEMPERATURE WISE. FEELS LIKE A FALL EVENING. CLOUDS, BUT NEVER PRECIPITATION. GOOD NEWS FOR BOTH TEAMS. THEY DEALT WITH THE RAIN THE DAY BEFORE. THEY TOOK 2-3 IN THAT SERIES. THEY END UP ARRIVING TO D.C. AROUND 6:00 IN THE MORNING. WE HAD OUR MANAGER MEETING WITH DAVE MARTINEZ AND HE SAID I HAVE THREE HOURS OF SLEEP. WE KEPT THE MEETING BRIEF SO HE COULD SNEAK IN A NAP. INSTEAD, THERE WAS A TEAM PHOTO. MATT: I AM SURE THE PLAYERS AND STAFF ARE GRACIOUS TO THEIR PR DEPARTMENT I WENT OUT SMILING AND TOOK THE PITCHER WITHOUT GRUMBLING AND COMPLAINING. I JEST.I HAVE BEEN IN THAT SITUATION BEFORE. HE WOKE UP EVEN EARLIER THAN THAT. SCOTT: FIRST PITCH UP THE MIDDLE BASE HIT. WELCOME BACK, NICK MARKAKIS. JUSTIN: THAT WAS A BULLET. SCOTT: YOU SHOWED ME NICK MARKAKIS’ NUMBERS. SCHERZER GETS AMBUSHED HEADING AHEAD IN THE COUNT TO A FASTBALL. THINKING MAYBE MARKAKIS WILL TAKE A PITCH CINCY — SINCE HE HAS BEEN ON THE IL SO LONG. JUSTIN: 73 PLATE APPEARANCES. MAKE IT 74. SCOTT: A FRACTURED WRIST IN LATE JULY FOR MARKAKIS. HE MAKES HIS RETURN ACTIVATED FROM THE INJURED LIST ABOUT A WEEK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. HE MOVES TO LEFT FIELD AS WE MENTIONED. NOT MUCH EXPERIENCE. MATT JOYCE CAN REMAIN IN RIGHT FIELD. HIS LAST 25 GAMES HE PRODUCED A .358 BATTING AVERAGE. HE HAS BEEN GREAT FOR LANTE. — ATLANTA. JUSTIN: I THOUGHT HE SAID STRIKE. SCOTT: SOUNDED LIKE IT. JUSTIN: A GREAT PICKUP. HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THE BIG LEAGUES. CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL. HOMER IT OFF OF MAX LAST WEEK. MATT: HEADING INTO SPRING TRAINING IT WAS A GOOD MOVE. HE WAS DOING A VIDEO SHOOT FOR FLORIDA COLLEGE WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT IS SPRING TRAINING HOME WOULD BE MOVED. HE WAS OUT IN ARIZONA WITH THE ANGELS AND WAS SENT TO THE BRAVES. SCOTT: THE MOCCASINS? MATT: THAT IS RIGHT. SCOTT: YOU DO NOT FORGET THAT ONE. LANCE NIEKRO, FORMER HALL OF FAMER, IS THERE COACH. 11 DRIVEN IN, THE O.P.S. NORTH OF 1000. JUSTIN: THIS IS A TIME OF YEAR WHEN GUYS HAVE NUMBERS LIKE THAT, YOU GET THEM TO THE LINEUP. YOU WANT THEM TO CARRY YOUR CLUB. BY MATT BEING SO EXPERIENCE, HE IS NOT GOING TO GET FAZED BY ANYTHING BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN IN THESE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS AS A PLAYER. SCOTT: I THINK ABOUT THE SELFLESSNESS OF THE GUY TO SAY, WHERE IS JOYCE MORE COMFORTABLE? I WILL PLAY ANYWHERE. MARKAKIS IS GOING. THAT IS BALL FOUR. THE FIRST TWO REACH TO START OFF THE SECOND INNING FOR ATLANTA. TYLER FLOWERS GETTING THE START. JUSTIN: TO YOUR POINT ABOUT MARKAKIS MOVING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT FIELD, MATT, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE EASIEST? MATT: CENTER FIELDERS EASIEST. RIGHT’S SECOND EASIEST AND LEFT IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST. JUSTIN, WHAT DO YOU THINK? JUSTIN: IN THAT ORDER AS WELL. RIGHT FIELD SECOND, LEFT FIELD LAST. THE BALL DOES ALL SORTS OF WEIRD THINGS IN LEFT FIELD. MATT: MORE PULLED BALLS GO BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE RIGHTIES THAN LEFTIES. YOU GET MORE TOPSPIN HIT TO YOU. ONE OF MY FIRST EVER IN LEFT FIELD WAS IN THE BIG LEAGUES IN TROPICANA FIELD. ALEX RODRIGUEZ HIT A SCREAMING MISSAL AT ME. IT GOT IN THE LIGHTS, COULD NOT SEE IT. WENT RIGHT BY MY HEAD. LULA AMARILLO PULLED ME AND SAID KID, I SAVED YOUR LIFE. JUSTIN: THEY WILL SAY, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT GUY? I CAN SEE THE BALL THE WHOLE WAY. MATT: WE ALMOST DID NOT HAVE MIKE SOROKA ON THE MOUND. HE WAS WARMING UP IN HIS BULLPEN CATCHER KEPT THROWING IT IN THE LIGHTS AND WENT RIGHT BY HIS FACE. THANK GOODNESS IT MISSED HIM. SCOTT: INCREDIBLE. YOU NEVER SEE THAT HAPPEN, EITHER. THE 1-2 TO FLOWERS MISSES WIDE. JUSTIN: MAX’S IS DEFINITELY HEALTHY. THAT CAME IN AT 97 MILES AN HOUR. SCOTT: THE VELOCITY WAS UP IN HIS LAST START COMPARED TO THE FIRST FEW OFF THE INJURED LIST. AVERAGED 95.5 AT THE FASTBALL SUNDAY. HE HIT 97.5. HE HAS HIS FIRST STRIKEOUT OF THE NIGHT. MATT: MAX’S SO NASTY. I WILL NOT BLAME TYLER. TYLER WAS GUESSING. CENTER CUT RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE IS SOMETIMES YOUR BEST PITCH. SCOTT: JUSTIN, ARE YOU KICKING YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE HEADING TO THE DUGOUT AND JUST SAW STRIKE THREE GO BY THE MIDDLE? JUSTIN: MY SCOTT: DANSBY SWANSON, EIGHT HIRGET WITH TWO ON. DOESN’T BITE. IT WAS MARKAKIS WITH THE FIRST-PITCH SINGLE AND THEN JOYCE WALKS, FLOWERS STRIKES OUT AND THEN A SHORTSTOP WITH 17 HOME RUNS ON THE YEAR AND HIS BEST OFFENSIVE SEASON. BATTLED INJURIES THROUGHOUT MUCH OF 2018. JUSTIN: I FACED MAX WHEN I WAS WITH THE GIANTS IN 2015 AND MY WHOLE APPROACH WAS I WAS LOOKING MIDDLE. I COULDN’T HIT THAT CIDER DOWN AND AWAY. SO I JUST I — ELIMINATED THAT. IF HE THREW IT THREE TIMES, GOOD JOB. I WAS LOOKING ELEVATED. IF YOU MISS THAT SPOT, TRY TO PUT THE BALL IN PLAY. SCOTT: HE WENT. 1-2 WITH A COUPLE AGAINST MAX. JUSTIN: IT WORKED. SCOTT: THERE YOU GO. MATT: A LITTLE HISTORY, TOO. I ALSO MAILS — FACED HIM IN THE FALL LEAGUE IN 2007 WHEN HE WAS COMING OUT OF THE PEN AND HE WAS THROWING 99 TO 100 MILES PER HOUR. THAT FASTBALL WAS RISING. GOING OFF MY KNUCKLES, ALMOST. WHEN HE FIRST CAME NEW ARIZONA, HE STARED ME DOWN AND THE FIRST PITCH WAS 94 OFF MY RIBS AND I STILL FEEL IT TO IN DAY. SCOTT: AND HE WAS A ROOKIE. JUSTIN: I LOVED IT. THAT’S THE KIND OF GUY YOU WANT TO PLAY BEHIND. MATT: DANSBY IS STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT. 2019 HE CAME OFF THE I.L. IT’S BEEN A TALE OF TWO SEASONS. HE’S ONLY BAT — BATTING .143 IN THE 18 GAMES HE’S WITHIN BACK. HE’S LOOKING TO GET HIS MOJO JOINING HERE WITH TWO STRIKES AND RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. SCOTT: 2- TOSS AND HE’S GOT HIS SECOND STRIKEOUT. MATT: THAT CHANGEUP IS DEVASTATING, FALSE RIGHT OFF THE TABLE. JUSTIN: GUYS HAVE TO CHEAT AND THEN HE THROWS THIS NASTY CHANGEUP AND THE BOTTOM DROPS OUT OF IT. MATT HE’S ALSO ONE OF THE FEW PITCHERS THAT HAS THAT EXTRA LEVEL. JUSTIN: WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT HIM IS HIS COMPETITIVE FIRE. HE THREW A PITCH TO DANSBY THAT HE MISSED MIDDLE. ON HIS FACE YOU COULD SEE HE WAS UPSET BECAUSE HE MISSED HIS SPOT AND THEN CAME BACK AND EXECUTED A GREAT CHANGE-UP. MATT: PATRICK CORBIN WENT YESTERDAY FOR THE NATIONALS AND HE IS GOING TO JOIN US WHEN MAX GETS ONE MORE OUT AND THOSE OF YOU IN THE COMMENTS SECTION THAT ARE HANGING OUT THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, IF YOU’RE LOOKING ON YOUR COMPUTER, RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN, SEND US SOME QUESTIONS FOR THAT GUY. FREE AGENT, OFF-SEASON ADDITION FOR THE NATIONALS. GREAT INTERVIEW. PATRICK CORBIN JOINING US SOON. WE’LL HAVE — ASK SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS IF YOU’RE IN THAT COMMENT SECTION WITH US AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS TEAM SO DANGEROUS COME OCTOBER. SCHERZER, STRASBURG, CORBIN AND ANIBAL SANCHEZ HAS HAD A NICE YEAR, TOO, IN THE FOUR SLOT. MATT: THEY’RE ONE OF THE FEW TEAMS YOU LOOK AT, IF THEY WIN A WILD CARD GAME, YOU WOULD SERIOUSLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT TAKING IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE WILD CARD PLAYOFFS. I PROMISE YOU THE DODGERS DON’T WANT ANY PART OF THAT STARTING ROTATION. JUSTIN: FOR ME, POSTSEASON BASEBALL COMES DOWN TO PITCHING. GREAT PITCHING ELIMINATES GREAT HITTING ANY DAY AND WE HAVE FLEE OF THE BEST HERE IN D.C. SCOTT: THE QUESTION FOR THE NATIONALS WILL BE THAT BULLPEN. IT WAS A DISASTER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. STILL NOT GREAT BUT IT’S BEEN BETTER. WE’LL GET INTO THAT LATER ON. TWO ON, TWO OUTS, 2-2 FROM SCHERZER TO SOROKA. AND HE STRIKES OUT THREE IN A ROW TO GET THROUGH THE INNING. SO A BASE HIT FOR MARKAKIS, A WALK FOR JOYCE AND THEN FLOWERS, SWANSON AND SOROKA, STRIKEOUT VICTIMS. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE IS UP AND RUNNING. BRAVES AND NATIONALS SCORELESS. SCHERZER AGAINST SOROKA. PITCHING SUPREME ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. FOR THIS-DEPTH PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. CHECK OUT MLB’S LIVE GAME COMMENTARY. THEY’RE GOING TO ADD TO OUR THOUGHTS DURING THE BROADCAST WITH A UNIQUE VIEWING EXPERIENCE. VIEW THE LIVE GAME COMMENTARY ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE, COMPUTER, SMART TV. WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT THROUGHOUT THE BROADCAST AND WE’LL TAKE THOSE QUESTIONS FOR PATRICK CORBIN AND LET’S WELCOME IN THE WASH — WASHINGTON NATIONALS SOUTHPAW. PATRICK, THANKSING THAT FOR JOINING US, HOW YOU DOING AND HOW MUCH SLEEP DID YOU GET? PATRICK: I GOT A COUPLE HOURS. CRAZY DAY BUT GLAD TO BE HERE, READY TO GO. JUSTIN: WE GOT SCHERZER GOT SENT HOME EARLY. HE CERTAINLY LOOKS RESTED. HE’S THE MOST COMPETITIVE GUY I’VE SEEN. GETS TWO GOES ON, STRIKES OUT THE NEXT THREE IS. HE COMPETITIVE AT EVERYTHING HE DOES? >>PRETTY MUCH. IT’S FUN TO WATCH HIM EVERYONE FIFTH DAY. WHEN HE WAS OUT FOR THAT MONTH IT WAS TOUGH BUT YOU LEARN SO MUCH FROM HIM, HOW HE COMPETES. GOES OUT AND BATTLES EVERY DAY. WHETHER HE HAS HIS BEST STUFF OR NOT, YOU CAN NEVER ITEM. GLAD HE’S ON MY SIDE. JUSTIN: I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE DUGOUT DANCES WHEN YOU GET DINGERS. HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY THOUGHT TO YOURS?>>I’M STILL WAITING FOR MY FIRST RUN ARE — ONE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’LL DO. I’VE BEEN TRYING. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN GIVING ME CRAP ABOUT MY HITTING THIS YEAR. I MIGHT COME UP WITH SOMETHING. SCOTT: YOU CAN TALK TO MAX SCHERZER. HE’S DEFINITELY DON SOME DAMAGE WITH THE BAT AND ALSO, HOW ABOUT THE LIST OF STRIKEOUT PITCHERS WITH 00 PLUS IN NATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY. IT’S VERY SHORT. IT’S STRASBURG, MAX AND YOU, PATRICK. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ON A LIST OF STRIKEOUT ARTISTS. WAS THIS ONE OF THE BIG REASONS YOU WANTED TO SIGN UP WITH THIS SQUAD?>>FOR SURE, JUST THINKING OF BEING A PART OF THAT STAFF. STARTING PITCHING IS IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY AT THIS PART OF THE SEASON AND TRYING TO MAKE A DEEP RUN IN THE PLAYOFFS AND BEING ABLE TO JOIN THOSE TWO. AND SANCHEZ, TOO, HAS BEEN GREAT FOR US. YOU SEE THOSE GUYS GO OUT EVERY DAY STRIKING OUT A BUNCH OF GUYS AND QUALITY START AFTER QUALITY START. YOU JUST WANT TO GO OUT AND DO YOUR JOB. MATT: YOUR TIME HERE IN D.C., WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE. PART? I KNOW IT’S TOUGH USUALLY WITH A FAMILY MOVING TO NEW PLACES. WHAT DO YOU PUBLIC MOST ABOUT D.C.? >>IT KIND OF FEELS LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE LONGER THAN I HAVE. IT’S A FUN GROUP. FUN TO COME TO THE BALLPARK EVERY DAY, GOOD ENERGY AND OBVIOUSLY WINNING AND BEING ON A GOOD CLUB THAT’S GOING TO COMPETE YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. HAVING GUYS LIKE SOTO AND ROBLES, YOUNG GUYS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HERE FOR A YOUNG — LONG TIME AND SEEING THEM.COM INTO GREAT PLAYERS. JUSTIN: SOME OF THE GUYS THAT DON’T GET A LOT OF CREDIT, LIKE HOWIE KENDRICK. WE’RE SEEING HIS FACE ON OUR INTERVIEW SCREEN. HE’S SMILING, HAVING A GOOD TIME. TALK ABOUT THE DEPTH OF THIS TEAM FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.>>HOWIE WILL TAKE A WEEK OFF, IT SEEMS AND JUST GO UP THERE AND BARREL IT UP. WE HAVE A LOT OF VETERANS MIXED WITH SOME GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS. IT’S A TOUCH LINEUP TO GO THROUGH FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND IT’S EXCITING TO BE A PAFRLT — OF THIS. SCOTT: MIX IN SOME QUESTIONS FROM OUR FANS AND TEAM ACCOUNTS THAT ARE WATCHING AND COMMENTING ON THIS GAME. IT’S A GLOBAL ALL OF A SUDDEN HERE ON YOUTUBE. LET’S START WITH SPORTS GAME AND UNIFORMS. HEY, PATRICK,WIDE YOU HAVE TO BE SO TOUGH ON MY TWINS LAST NIGHT? BUT SERIOUSLY, HOW MUCH DOES IT CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE ON A NIGHT LIKE LAST NIGHT WHEN WEATHER PUSHES THINGS 50 MINUTES BACK?>>THE HARDEST THING IS JUST TRYING TO STAY WARM. YOU GET LOOSE AND YOU HAVE A ROUTINE. IT SEEMS LIKE THE THREE TIMES WE’VE HAD A DELAY THIS YEAR, I’VE PITCHED THOSE GAMES SO I GUESS I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF EXPERIENCE. YOU HAVE TO BE READY AND TRY TO STAY LOOSE. THAT’S A GOOD BALL CLUB AND GLAD WE CAME OUT WITH A SERIES WIN. SCOTT: HERE SOMS CASH RATCHET BENNY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION SAY — SAYS I THINK HOWIE WANTS AN INTERVIEW TOO. HE’S GOT A GREAT SPOT FOR THE CAMERA RIGHT NOW. [LAUGHTER] EVERYONE SAYS HELLO, HOWIE, WATCHING GLOBALLY. THAT’S AWESOME FROM. FIVE-POINT BIDS, DO RELIEVERS EVER TAKE B.P.? >>WE’VE HAD SOME GUYS BEFORE. WHEN I WAS ON THE DIAMONDBACKS ARCHIE BRADLEY KEPT TRYING TO HIT LOOT AND IT ACTUALLY PAID OFF IN THAT WILD CARD GAME WE HAD. WE’VE HAD GUYS HIT WITH US IN OUR PEN HERE AND THERE. IT DOES HAPPEN. MATT: YOUR TEAM IS IN A GREAT SPOT, HOLDING THE FIRST WILD CARD POSITION. THAT’S TAKEN IN TIGHT BY CABRERA. YOU’VE NEVER PITCHED IN THE POSTSEASON BEFORE. HOW AMPED ARE YOU TO BE ABLE TO PITCH IN OCTOBER LIKELY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR CAREER?>>YEAH, I’M EXCITED. THAT’S WHAT YOU PLAY FOR, WHY YOU WANT TO BE ON A TEAM LIKE THIS, TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. YOU WANT TO BE IN THOSE BIG GAMES AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT OPPORTUNITY. MATT: WE JUST SAW SOTO WALK BEFORE ASDRUBAL CAME TO THE PLATE. HOW HAVE YOU WATCHED PITCHERS TRY AND ATTACK THAT GUY?>>HE DOESN’T SWING AT BAD PITCHES, HE DOESN’T CHASE. FOR 0 YEARS OLD, HE’S SPECIAL AND TO HAVE HIM BEHIND RENDON IN OUR LAST TIME AND SOME OTHER VETERANS, IT’S A TOUCH MIDDLE OF THE LINEUP THERE AND HE’S GOING TO WALK OVER 100 TIMES THIS YEAR. THAT’S PRETTY SPECIAL FOR A KID WHO’S 20. MATT: I DID WANT TO ASK YOU, LAST NIGHT WATCHING THAT GAME, THE TWINS WERE VERY SLOW ON THEIR SIDE WHEN THEY HAD THE BALL. DO YOU NOTICE THAT WHEN YOU’RE THE OPPOSITE TEAM?>>I LIKED THAT WE KEPT SCORING. THAT’S ALWAYS FUN. IT WAS A LITTLE COLD LAST NIGHT SO YOU JUST TRY TO STAY LOOSE, DO SOME STRETCHES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THERE’S NOTHING I CAN CONTROL WITH THAT. IT’S A RHYTHM DIFFERENT WHEN YOU’RE NOT HITTING TOO. SCOTT: ASK PAT WHAT IT WAS LIKE PLAYING HIGH SCHOOL BALL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. I’LL ADD TO THAT QUESTION, HOW COLD DID IT GET FOR SOME OF YOUR GAMES?>>YESTERDAY IT REMINDED MAE — ME OF BACK HOME IN SYRACUSE SOMETIMES. WE’D HAVE SNOW, RAIN DELAYS, SNOW DELAYS. I THINK I THREW SEVEN GAMES MY SENIOR YEAR SO NOT LONG SEASONS UP THERE. MATT: PATRICK, I SPENT A LITTLE TIME IN SYRACUSE. DID YOU EVER FREE AGENT DINOSAUR BARBECUES.>>YEAH, THAT’S GREAT AND THE PASTA PLACE IS ALWAYS GREAT TOO, ONE OF MY FAVORITES. JUSTIN: ONE TIME I BROUGHT MY CHILD ON THE FIELD FOR FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND NOW HE HATES FIREWORKS. HE WAS ONLY A 1 MOLEDSE AT THE TIME. NO, BUT I LOVE SYRACUSE. ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL. SCOTT: ARE YOU GOING TO BE WATCHING COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOMORROW, SYRACUSE-CLEMSON? >>I WAS HOPING — THE ONE LAST WEEK THEY GOT BLOWN OUT MY MARYLAND. SCOTT: 27-POINT UNDERDOGS?>>I DON’T KNOW, NAVE PLAYED THEM TOUGH THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BUT I DON’T KNOW, CLEMSON HAS BEEN THE BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW. HOPEFULLY THEY KEEP IT CLOSE. MATT: YOU HAVE TO THROW MARYLAND INTO THE MIX TOO, MY ALMA MATER.>>I’M MORE OF A BASKETBALL FAN BUT THEIR FOOTBALL PROGRAM HAS BEEN PRETTY SOLID THE LAST CUP OF YEARS. >>WHAT POSITION DO YOU PLAY IN BASKETBALL? >>SHOOTING GUARD. I MISS BASKETBALL. WISH WE COULD PLAY BUT I WASN’T, I GUESS, TALL ENOUGH TO CONTINUE IN THAT. MATT: DON’T START NOW, I’LL TELL DAVI. SCOTT: PULLED LEFT SIDE. THIS COULD BE TWO AND IT IS. MOVING ON TO THIRD IS SOTO AS DIM — ZIMMERMAN BOUNCES INTO THE DOUBLE PLAY. PATRICK, WE’LL LET YOU GO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WORLDWIDE ALL OF A SUDDEN WATCHING ON YOUTUBE, WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.>>ALL RIGHT, THANKS, GUYS. SCOTT: ZIMMERMAN IS OUT AND THAT ERASES A COUPLE. MATT: DONALDSON PLAYS GREAT DEFENSE IN ADDITION TO GREAT HITTING. THAT ALL HAS TO DO WITH ANTICIPATION AND ESPECIALLY WITH CIRIACO WITH ALL THOSE GROUND BALLS HE GETS. — SOROKO WITH ALL THOSE GROUND BALLS HE GETS. DID YOU THINK THAT HELPS? MATT: ABSOLUTELY. WE TALKED ABOUT RENDON AND HIS ABILITY TO PLAY BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL. HE CAN PICK IT AT THIRD IN AN AMAZING WAY. SCOTT: MANAGER BRIAN SNICT KERR SAID THAT’S BUN ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF DONALDSON’S GAME THIS YEAR, ONE OF THE MORE PLEASANT SURPRISES. HE’S HAD A COUPLE OF HICCUPS BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS BECAUSE OF INJURIES THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. HE IS HEALTHY AND DOING WELL. DEFENSIVE RUNS SAVED, DONALDSON IS TOPS IN THE LEAGUE AT THIRD BASE THIS YEAR. MATT: HEALTH HAS A LOT TO DO WITH A LOT, DOESN’T IT? HIM COMING BACK, HE’S PUTTING UP NUMBERS SIMILAR TO WHAT HE DID WHEN HE WAS THE M.V.P. FOR THE BLUE JAYS. HE’S GOING TO HAVE AS MANY HOME RUNS, POTENTIAL LIMB. A GREAT BOUNCE-BACK AND A GREAT PICK-UP. SNICT KERR WANTS HIM BACK FOR NEXT YEAR. MATT: HE’LL BE 4 IN DECEMBER THIS SEASON GETTING PAID $21 MILLION ON A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT. JUSTIN: HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO’S BEEN GETTING BETTER AS HE’S GETTING OLDER. IF THE INJURIES HOLD OFF, HE CAN STILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE. SCOTT: SOROKA IS AHEAD OF ROBLES 1-6. WEAKLY TO FIRST. SCOOPS IT UP AND WE’RE DONE WITH THE SECOND. SO SOROKA ALLOWS TWO BASE RUNNERS TO REACH TO START OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE FRAME, JUST LIKE SCHERZER DID AT THE TOP OF THE SECOND. BOB CARPENTER USES HIS SCORE BOOK TO LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE SIGNATURE MOMENTS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. WATCH THIS. >>YOU KNOW IN IS 2010. EVERYBODY KNEW WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE NUMBER ONE DRAFT PICK ON THE BASIS ON A 19-WIN SEASON AND EVERYBODY KNEW STEPHEN STRASBURG WAS THE NUMBER ONE PROSPECT OUT THERE. >>THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS SELECT STEPHEN STRASBURG. >>NATS WERE COMING OFF A COUPLE OF REALLY ROUGH SEASONS THEN ON TUESDAY,, JUNE 8, 30,315 IN THAT BALLPARK. FIRST TIME WE HAD WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE. THE NATS WERE AT .500. LOST SEVEN OF THEIR PREVIOUS NINE. THERE WAS A BUZZ IN THIS BALLPARK LIKE WE’D NEVER HAD BEFORE. >>IN CROWD IS CRAZY. STRASBURG STRIKES OR THE THE SIDE. >>SO HE’S GOT TWO STRIKEOUTS OVER AFTER TWO INNINGS. WE’RE THINKING, OK, WE HAVE SOMETHING GOING ON HERE. AND THEN IN THE SIXTH INNING, THIS IS WHEN IT ALL KIND OF WENT CRAZY. FASTBALL, STRIKEOUT NUMBER NINE.>>HE WENT BANG-BANG-BANG IN THE SIXTH, MCCONFEREN, WALKER AND MILLER. IN THE SEVENTH SAME THING AND ADAM LAROCHE’S KILLED BROTHER, RAMADI. THROUGH SEVEN INNINGS, HE’S GOT 14 STRIKEOUTS. STRASBURG GETS THE WIN IN A GAME WE WON 5-2. AS HE WALKED OFF THE MOUND TOWARDS THE DUGOUT, I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER THINKING HE CAN’T BE THIS GOOD. SCOTT: TO SEE MORE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES NATIONALS CONTENT, SUBSCRIBE TO THAT YOU WERE YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW. STRASBURG, SO FAR, SO GOOD IN 2019. IT’S BEEN ONE OF HIS HEALTHIER YEARS. MAX SCHERZER HAS DEALT WITH INJURIES. THAT’S LIMITED TO CENTER FROM RONALD ACUNA JR. ROBLES FOUND IT FOR THE FIRST OUT. MATT: ACUNA VERY AND — >>JUNIOR REALLY WORKED A GOOD AT-BAT. KEPT POUNDING THE ZONE DOWN AND AWAY AND FINALLY GOT ACUNA OUT IN FRONT. RENDON WITH A NICE JUMP. SCOTT: SHOWING BUNT AND PULLING BACK IS ALBIES. IT’S A STRIKE. SCHERZER MADE ONLY TWO STARTS FROM JULY 1 THROUGH ALL 31, DEALING WITH A BACK INJURY THAT ALSO CONNECTED TO HIS SHOULDER. THIS IS START NUMBER FIVE SINCE JULY 22 AND HE BRINGS SOME NASTY BREAKING STUFF TO MAKE IT 0-6. JUSTIN: ACUNA DID A FAVOR BY SWINGING ON THE FIRST PITCH AT THE AT-BAT. NOW HE’S ATTACKING. SCOTT: TWO HITS. — HITS OFF MAX. ALBIES WITH ONE OF THEM IN THE FIRST INNING. JUSTIN: THIS WILL BE A KEY AT-BAT. IF ALBIES IS ABLE TO WORK THE COUNTS, GET HIM OVER 50 PITCHES, I THINK THEY’LL BE PRETTY HAPPY WITH HOW THEY’RE MAKING HIM WORK. MATT: THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN IN A PITCHER’S MEETING. YOU’RE TAKING — TALKING ABOUT A WEAKNESS OF A STAFF. STRIKEOUT NUMBER FOUR ON THE NIGHT FOR SCHERZER. THE WEAKNESS OF THE STAFF OF THE WARBLE WARBLE WASHINGTON NATIONALS IS KNOWN, THEIR BULLPEN BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, MAX SCHERZER SOMETIMES DOESN’T LET THE MANAGER TAKE THE BALL FROM HIM. YOU CAN COME OUT BUT HE’S NOT GOING OUT. JUSTIN: WE’VE SEEN HIM WITH THE MANAGER GO NO, NO, I’M OUT. GO BACK TO THE DUGOUT. SCOTT: HE JUST PASSED DAVID COHEN ON THE ALL-TIME — CONE ON THE ALL-TIME STRIKEOUT LIST. IN THE 24TH SPOT NOW. CLIMBING UP THE CLARLTS. SECOND MATCH-UP AGAINST FREEMAN TONIGHT’S. FIRST TIME PRODUCED A FLY BALL OUT. NOW A SWING AND MISS. IT’S 1-1. JULY: THAT’S PROBABLY THE PITCH THAT GIVES FREDDIE FITS. THAT SLIDER-CUTTER RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE HANDS. TOUGH PITCH TO HIT. MATT: IF YOU’RE MAX SCHERZER AND UP FREDDIE FREEMAN BULLET, YOU HAVE RIGHT — BUNTING, YOU HAVE HIM RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT HIM. SCOTT: FREEMAN HAS ONE JEER WASN’T — CAREER BUNT HIT, BACK IN 2016. MATT: THERE WERE A FEW BRAVES WORKING ON THEIR BUNTING TODAY. FREDDIE FREEMAN WAS NOT ONE OF THOSE. JUSTIN: HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT DOWN IF HE WAS DOWN THERE. MATZ: TO NO ONE’S SURPRISE, BILLY HAMILTON WAS WORKING ON HIS BUNNING. TO MY SURPRISE, ALBIES WAS WORKING ON BASE HITS. JUSTIN: I ASKED YOU ABOUT ALBIES EARLIER BUT YOU SAID HE’S OUT THERE WITH RON WASHINGTON ALMOST EVERYONE SINGLE DAY WORKING ON HIS DEFENSIVE GAME. MATZ: THEY HAVE THEIR DRILLS THEY DO EVERY SINGLE GAME. ALBIES AND RON. HE DOES THEM RAIN, SHINE, DAY GAME, NIGHT GAME, IT DOESN’T MATTER. THAT’S A FOUL TIP. IT HIT THE DIRT. MATT: THAT WAS THE CHANGEUP — CHANGEUP AGAIN. GOOD PIECE OF HITTING. STAY IN TIGHT. JUSTIN: JUST NICKED IT. PROBABLY USED 33 INCHES OF THAT BAT HE HAS. SCOTT: YAN GOMES TOOK A GOOD SHOT — TO THE RIBBINGS. — RIBS. MATT: ACTUALLY, I THINK HE GOT INNER THIGH ON THAT FOUL BALL. ALMOST HITS FREEMAN IN THE BACK LEG. THAT’S HOW MUCH BREAK HE HAS ON IT. SCOTT: PAYOFF. GOT HIM! FIFTH PUNCHOUT. SIDE RETIRED. FIRST TIME HE GETS THROUGH THE BRAVES’ ORDER IN ORDER AND IT’S 1- YOU 3 SITTING DOWN FOR ATLANTA AS WE’VE REACHED THE FINAL OF THE THIRD. SCORELESS FROM NATIONALS PARK AND THE NATS HITLESS IN THEIR FIRST TWO TRIES AGAINST MIKE SOROKA. TWO MORE GAMES F. REST OF THE REGULAR SEASON LIVE ON YOUTUBE. IT’S THE RAYS AND THE DOMERS, EXCLUSIVELY ON YOUTUBE, FIRST PITCH 10:10 EASTERN, 7:10 IN L.A. ON THE 17TH OF SEPTEMBER. THAT’S THIS COMING TUESDAY AND THEN A WEEK AND A DAY AFTER THAT. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. SEPTEMBER 25. THE CARDINALS’ MATCHUP WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS. THE CARDINALS LEAD THE CENTRAL AND HAVE MADE A HUGE PUSH AND THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ARE JUST THREE AND A HALF GAMES AWAY FROM A WILD CARD POSITION. AND LOOK WHO THREW ON A HEADSET FOR US, JULIO TEHERAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE AND WE APPRECIATE THE TIME. HOW ARE YOU? I ASKED PATRICK CORBIN HOW HE WAS DOING SLEEP-WISE. HOW MANY HOURS DID YOU LOG LAST NIGHT?>>UH, ACTUALLY DID SIX, SEVEN HOURS. WE GOT HERE AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING. 2:00 A.M. SO IT WASN’T BALDS AT ALL. I KNOW THEY GOT HERE LATER THAN US. TOUCH SCHEDULE. MATT: MA IS MATTIE DAY AS, YOUR FORMER TEAMMATE. WILL YOU TELL FOLTY WE LOVE HIM BUT GET OUT OF THE WAY? >>THEY LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE IN THE WAY. [LAUGHTER] MATT: WE LOVE YOU, FOLTY. WE’VE WATCHED SOROKA DO SOME FUN STUFF THIS YEAR. GOT INTO A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE IN THE SECOND INNING THEN WALK, WALK AND GETS THE DOUBLE BLAME. >>HE’S BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB ALL SEASON. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A TOUCH PART OF THE SEASON TO HAVE A BAD GAME BUT HE’S BEEN INCREDIBLE TO US. MATT: WHAT’S BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS OF YOUR DUREBLT. YOU’VE HAD 30-PLUS STARTS IN THE LAST SEVEN SEASONS. WHAT’S THE KEY TO YOU?>>JUST PREPARE. I WANT TO THANK GOD. OBVIOUSLY I NEED TO BE HEALTHY FOR THAT AND THAT’S HOW I PREPARE BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT I’VE BEEN PROUD OF MYSELF THEY GOT THIS. THIS ISN’T — SEASON I MADE MY 30 STARTS AGAIN AND JUST LOOKING FORWARD AND I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR MY NEXT SEASON BUT WE STILL HAVE A FWOYS TAKE CARE OF. MARV: SCOTT: YAN GOMES, MAX SCHERZER, TREY TURNER DUE UP IN THE LAST OF THE THIRD AGAINST THE — FOR THE NATIONALS AGAINST SOROKA. NICE STOP BY FREEMAN. OVER TO SOROKA COVERING FIRST AND ONE DOWN. SO DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG FANS, PITCHING HOPEFULS ACROSS THE WORLD THAT WANT TO KEEP THEIR ARM AS DURABLE AS POSSIBLE IN? WHAT ARE SOME KEYS GROWING UP AND NOW AS WELL?>>GROWING UP, IT WAS JUST LIKE A REGULAR KID. I WANTED TO GET A BALL IN MY HAND AND THROW. OFF-SEASON, OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR ARM. THE WAY I START MY OFF-SEASON, I ALWAYS LIKE TO RUN. WHEN I START PLAYING CATCH, IT’S JUST LIKE ELLINGS. I DON’T GO CRAZY WITH IT. MY BULLPEN SESSIONS, I PROBABLY START THEM THREE WEEKS BEFORE SPRING TRAINING. I DON’T LIKE TO GO HARD. JUST TO GET MY ARM THE WAY I WANT TO START THE FIRST SPRING TRAINING. SCOTT: WE’RE WATCHING MAX SCHERZER ASK FOR A ZONE APPEAL AND HE GETS HIMSELF PUNCHED UP. HE WASN’T GOING TO APPEAL ET. MAX IS A PRETTY GOOD HITTING PITCHER. JULIO, WHO’S THE BEST HITTER ON THE BRAVES’ STAFF?>>RIGHT NOW I WOULD SAY IT IS MAX FRIDAY. THE WAY HE — FRIED. HE GOES INTO IT LIKE A NORMAL HEARD. WE’RE SEEING ANOTHER GUY THAT HE GOES IN THERE AND GRINDS EVERY AT-BAT LIKE HE DOES.>>FRIED HAS DONE SOME PINCH HUNDRED RUNNING TOO, HASN’T HE? >>YEAH, HE’S AN ATHLETE, HE CAN DO EVERYTHING THE. MARV: SCOTT: HE’S GOT FOUR DOUBLES, 11 HITS ON THE SEASON. HOW EXCITED ARE YOU FOR SOME POSTSEASON BASEBALL? YOU COULD CLINCH AS EARLY AS TOMORROW AND THE DIVISION IS IN VERY GOOD SALEM FOR ATLANTA AS WELL. >>YEAH, WE’RE EXCITEMENTED. OBVIOUSLY WE DID IT LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR IS NO DIFFERENT. THIS YEAR WE CAME HUNGRIER THAN LAST YEAR AND I THINK WE HAVE A BETTER TEAM AND WE REALLY WANT WANT TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE END. SCOTT: JULIO, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND THANK YOU FOR MOVING FOLTYNEWICZ OUT OF THE WAY. YOU’RE MUCH PRETTIER THAN HIM. SCOTT: THERE HE IS, HE LOOKS UPSET. MATT: LISTEN, THAT GUY IS A COMEDIAN. HE KEEPS THAT LOCKER ROOM LOOSE. HE IS A KEY TO THEIR SUCCESS. THEY SENT HIM DOWN THIS YEAR, MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ. HE CAME BACK, HANDLING HIS BUSINESS. I PICKED ON PHOTOY BUT I’M HAPPY HE’S HAPPY NOW. MATT: I HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY WITH HIM WHEN I WAS REHABBING IN THE CORPSE KRIS SYSTEM. NICE — CORPUS CHRISTI SYSTEM. NILES TO HAVE — SEE HIM HAVE SUCCESS IN THE BIG LEAGUES. SCOTT: NO HITS FOR WASHINGTON THROUGH THREE AND NO SCORE TONIGHT FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. SO FAR. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. SCOTT BRAUN, MATT DIAZ AND JUSTIN MAXWELL AND MORE ON NATIONAL MANAGER DAVE MARTINEZ WHO IS JOINING US VERY SOON. IT’S HIS SECOND YEAR WINNING — RUNNING THE TEAM TAKING OVER FOR DUSTY BAKER AND LAST YEAR THEY DID NOT MAKE THE POSTSEASON AND THIS YEAR THEY’RE WELL ON THEIR WAY. HE’S STANDING BY WITH HIDE HIDE. HEIDI? HEIDI: GOT TO LOVE THIS SEASON. GOT INTO A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE IN THE SECONDS INNING THEN STRUCK OUT THREE GUYS. HE’S STRUCK OUT FIVE OF THE LAST SIX. DAVE: THIS IS MAX BEING MAX. WHAT MAKES HIM SO GREAT IS HE’S SO COMPETITIVE, WHEN GUYS GET ON BASE, THAT’S WHEN HE GETS REALLY TOUGH. HEIDI: SOROKA HASN’T GIVE UP A HIT TO YOU GUYS YET. WHAT’S MAKING HIM SO TOUGH? DAVE: HE’S IN THE ZONE. EVERYTHING IS IN THE ZONE. BREAKING BALL, CHANGEUP IS REALLY GOOD. WE’LL GET HIM BUT WE HAVE TO GET THE BALL UP. HEIDI: ON A NICE NIGHTS LIKE THIS WHEN BOTH TEAMS ARE TIRED, IS HITTING GOING TO BE HARD TO COME BY? DAVE: WE HAVE TWO REALLY GOOD PITCHERS SO WE HAVE TO SCRATCH AND ASK CLAW AND MAKE QUALITIES AT-BATS. HEIDI: I SAW YOU GIVE HOWIE A HUG. IS THAT A SUPERSTITIOUS THING? DAVE: HE DIDN’T GIVE ME ONE TODAY SO I HAD TO GET ONE. SCOTT: THAT’S AWESOME. HE WAS ASKING HIM EARLIER ABOUT HIS SUPERSTITIONS. SHE FOUND SOMETHING. MATT: SHE SEWER DID. BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE WEIRD WITH ALL THE LITTLE QUIRKS THEY HAVE AND WHAT BATTERS DAY TO TALK ABOUT THAT THAN FRIDAY THE 13TH? MATT: HE WAS A TEAMMATE OF WADE BOGGS, PERHAPS THE MOST SUPERSTITIOUS PLAYER OF ALL TIME. JUSTIN: I GUESS WADE BOGGS HAD A BAT HE WOULD LEAVE ON THE BATTING TURTLE DURING BATTING PRACTICE AND IT WAS ALWAYS THERE SO ONE DAY WHEN WADE DOGS — BOGGS WAS DOING A BASE RUNNING ROUTINE, HE GOT OUT TO SECONDS BASE AND DAVI GRABBED THAT BAT AND TOOK A COUPLE OF HACKS. HE SAID WADE BOGGS NOTIFICATIONED IT, THIRD TIME CAME SCREAMING OVER THE MOUNDS, HEY, PUT THAT BATS DOWN! TOOK THE BAT OUT OF HIS HANDS. IT WAS HILARIOUS. SCOTT: THAT’S A STRIKE TO DONALDSON. HEIDI, WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ADD? HEIDI: SPEAKING OF WADE BOGGS, I HEARD THAT SOMEONE IN THE BOOTH USED TO HAVE A COUPLE OF FAMILIAR TICKS TO WADE BOGGS. MATT DIAZ, I HEARD YOU HAD TO HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF SWINGS AS BOGGS DID AND THE SAME SANDS WITCH? MATT: MY DAD DIDN’T MAKE ME DO THE SANDWICH BUT THE SWINGS, YES. THIS IS WHY YOUTUBE IS SO GREAT. SOMEONE FROM MY FAMILY MUST HAVE SOLD ME OUT. HEIDI: I DID HAVE HAVE SKSH IS IS — ASK A CUP OF BASEBALL PLAYERS, DO YOU HAVE IN IM SUPERSTITIONS FOR TODAY, FRIDAY THE 1? TRUE FASHION, THEY SAID TODAY IS THE 13TH? SCOTT: DONALDSON TO A DIVING TURNER FOR OUT NUMBER ONE. TREA CAN MOVE. MATT: YES, HE CAN. HE’S VERY FAST. THE NATIONALS TEAM HAS THREE GUYS WHO CAN PICK THEM UP AND PUT THEM DOWN VERY WELL. JUSTIN: THERE’S JOSH. HE LOVES ELEVATING THE BALL. HE POUNDS THE BARREL THERE. HE’S FOUND MORE BARREL THERE YEAR THAN ANYTIME IN HIS CAREER CORING TO STATCAST. I DON’T THINK THAT ONE QUITE HIT THE BARREL. MATT: LET’S TALK ABOUT STATCAST FOR A LITTLE BIT. IF YOU’RE NOT AN EVERYDAY FAN, NOT WATCHING MLB NETWORK ALL THE TIME, SOME FANS REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE STATCAST, THE WHOLE LAUNCH ANGLE THING. SO WHEN YOU SAY HE’S BARREL IT WOULD MOST BALLS, ZILLIONTH VELOCITY OFF THE BAT? JUSTIN: THAT’S PART OF IT. HE’S GOT OVER 60 FWARLINGSE ON THE YEAR. SCOTT: AND THERE’S ONE FOR MARKAKIS THAT ROLLS TO THE WALL. HE’S GOT HIMSELF A DOUBLE AND TWO HISTORY IN TWO PLATE APPEARANCES. BACK FROM THE JIMPLED LIST. NICK MARKAKIS CONTRIBUTING AND FIGURING OUT MAX SCHERZER TONIGHT. JUSTIN: I KNOWIC? IS DEFINITELY HAPPY TO HAVE HIM BACK IN THE LINEUP. TWO LASER BEAMS. THIS BALL TOOK OFF ON ROBE LEGS. ROBLES DIDN’T GETS THAT GOOD — GOOD OF A JUMP. I THINK IF HE WENT OFF THE BAT RIGHT AWAY, HE MAYBE HAD A CHANCE BUT LOOKS LIKE HE DIDN’T SEE IT QUITE WELL. SQUOIP HIS 23RD CAREER HIT AGAINST SCHERZER, MOST ALL TIME. AND HERE’S MARC MARKAKIS TAKING A STRIKE LOW IN THE ZONE. JUSTIN: IF I’M IN THE SAME CLUBHOUSE AS HIM, IF I’M FREDY FREEMAN, I’M SO IING — SAYING NICK, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT IS GOING ON? FOR ME, MY GUY WAS KERSHAW. I THINK I WAS 0-15 CAREER AGAINST KERSHAW. COULDN’T FIGURE THAT GUY OUT. MATT: I HAD A SIMILAR SITUATION. I WAS 0-FOR CAREER AGAINST BILLY WAGNER. I RAN INTO ANOTHER BENCH GUY WHO HITS HIM QUITE WELL. I ASKED HIM WHAT HE DID. HE GAVE ME HIS SECRET AND I STARTED TO HIT BILLY WAGNER MUCH BETTER. JUSTIN: SO WHAT WAS THE SECRET? MATT: YOU LET HIM GET TO YOU ON AN INSIDE HIT. I WAS SO TRYING TO GET TO THE INSIDE PITCH OFF HIM BECAUSE I KNEW THAT’S WHERE HE WAS TRYING TO DO. I’D CHASE I’D, JAM MYSELF, SWING AT PITCHES I HAD NO BUSINESS HITTING. SO YEAH, BILLY WAGNER, STARTED TO HIT A LITTLE AGAINST HIM. SCOTT: YOUR LAST TWO AT-BATS, BOTH HITS AGAINST WAGNER. JUSTIN: NICE, AND WHO WAS THAT TEAMMATE? MATT: I THINK HE LIVES HERE IN VIRGINIA SOMEWHERE AND I THINK HE MAY DRIVE TO FINDS THIS PERSON. JUSTIN: I CAN ATTEST TO HIM. I FACED HIM IN 2007 WHEN I GOT CALLED UP AS A ROOKIE AND HIS SLIDER WAS SO THAT AND BROKE SO LATE THEY COULDN’T SWING AT IT. MATT: I WOULD ONLY SWING WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR THE FASTBALL IN. WHEN I STARTED LOOKING FOR THE FASTBALL IN, THE SLIDER THE SLI NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE. SCOTT: 2-2 TO JOYCE. THE COUNT IS FULL. MATZ: THIS IS WHERE MAX GOES TO WORK. HE HATES EARNED RUNS, LIKE ALL PITCHERS DO AND WE SAW EARLIER IN THE GAME, HE’S GOING TO START BEARING DOWN HERE. SCOTT: KEEP AN EYE ON THAT PITCH COUNT. WE KNOW HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN PITCH COUNTS BUT HE’S STILL COMING BACK FROM THAT INJURY. THEY’RE GOING TO NEED HIM IN THE POSTSEASON SO THEY’RE NOT GOING TO LET HIM GO 140 PITCHES TONIGHT. THAT’S FOULED BACK. TWIN GAMING TV GOES I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MID-GAME INTERVIEWS. WE HAVE ONE MORE COMING. BRIAN SNICT KERR AFTER THIS HALF. — LAST FOUR STARTS FOR MAX. THE BOTTOM ONE WAS THE FINEST. THIS IS THE REMATCH. SOROKA VS. SCHERZER AND SO FAR IT’S LIVING UP TO ITS NAME. JOYCE MAKING CONTACT, THROUGH THE HOLE. HE’S GOT A KNOCK AND MARKAKIS WAVED AROUND. FUMBLED IN RIGHT FIELD. A RUN COMES ACROSS. IT’S 1-0 BRAVES. MATT JOYCE WITH THE R.B.I. SINGLE. JUSTIN: A LOT OF BRAVES FANS WONDERING WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MATT JOYCE? HE HITS A BALL HARD ENOUGH TO GET THROUGH THE INFIELD. WOULD BE WHERE A STRAIGHTAWAY SECOND BASEMAN WOULD PLAY SO MAX MIGHT BE A LITTLE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SHIFT. WHEN A GUY CEASE THE GUYS SHIFTED, THEY HAVE SO MANY METRICS AND NUMBERS IN TERMS OF WHERE GUYS CAN HIT THE BASEBALL. DEFENSIVE LINEUP THEY WERE DEFINITELY IN THE RIGHT PLACE BUT JOYCE FOUND THE HOLE. SCOTT: TYLER FLOWERS FINDING THE FIRST PITCH AND LOFTING INTO RIGHT CENTER. VICTOR ROBLES CALLING FOR AND IT THERE’S OUT NUMBER TWO ON PITCH NUMBER 70 FROM SCHERZER. MATT: JUSTIN, YOU EVER HIT EIGHT HOLE IN YOUR LIFE? WITH A GUY LIKE MAX SCHERZER HE’S PROBABLY GOING TO COME AFTER YOU. A LOT OF TEAMS PIMPLE AROUND THE EIGHT HOLE IN THIS SITUATION. JUSTIN: I HATED IT. IT FEELS AWFUL. ONE TIME WE WERE PLAYING HERE AGAINST THE ORIOLES AND I WAS HITTING IN THE EIGHT HOLE. I THINK I CAME WITH YOU TWO OUTS. A SIMILAR SITUATION AS THIS. THEY DIDN’T GIVE ME ANY PITCHES TO HIT AND I WANTED A HIT, I ENDED UP CHASING. THERE’S A LOT OF STRATEGY AND I ANY IT’S THE HARDEST PLACE TO HITS FOR A NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTER BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO COME. THEY DEFINITELY ARE COMING AFTER YOU HERE IN THIS SITUATION. THEY DO NOT WANT TO LEAD OFF. THEY WANT TO LEAD OFF THE INNING WITH THE PITCHER THE NEXT INNING. 0-1 COUNT AND SWANSON IS THINKING THAT’S A HITTER’S COUNT. HE THROWS THAT SLIDER THAT STARTS AND LOOKS LIKE A FASTBALL THEN BREAKS SO LATE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT SO TOUCH. YOU HAVE TO BE PATIENT AND IT TAKES A CERTAIN KIND OF MENTALITY TO BE AN EIGHT-HOLE HITTER. YOU HAVE TO BE SELFLESS IN A WAY AND BE PATIENT. MATT: I WAS NOT A VERY PATIENT HITTER. BOBBY COX LOVED PUTTING ME IN THE EIGHT HOLE BECAUSE YOU SWING AT EVERYTHING ANYWAY. I WAS ABLE TO PLAY IT OFF A LITTLE BIT. I WAS NOT THAT SELFLESS 80’S-HOLE HITTER. DANSBY HAS CHASED TWO OUT. ZONE. MAX HAS THROWN THREE PITCHES, ALL OUT OF THE ZONE, YET HE HAS A 1-2 COUNT. JUSTIN: DANSBY IS ALL CROSSED UP HERE. HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT’S COMING — COMING. AND THERE IT WAS, FASTBALL HARD IN. MATT: THAT’S RIGHT. SCOTT: FOUL BALL SO WE’LL COME BACK AND DO IT AGAIN. A 1-2 DOWN — COUNT TO SWANSON. JUSTIN: WHEN YOU’RE A PLAYER SCUFFLING, BASEBALL IS A FUNNY GAME WHERE IF I WANTED TO LIMIT HEAVYWEIGHT, I WOULD HAVE TO TRY HARDER. YET IN BASEBALL, YOU KIND OF HAVE TO DO LESS AND STEP BACK AND THEN THINGS ARE WILL START TO COME TOGETHER BUT IF YOU GO OUT AND SWING HARD AND TRY HARD, THE BALL DOESN’T GO ANYWHERE. IF YOU START CHASING, YOU WON’T GATE HIT. SCOTT: 14 GAMES OFF THE INJURED LIST, 19 STRIKEOUTS. JUSTIN: I HAD A HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACH THAT SAID YOUR BODY DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO GET A HIT. THAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE I WAS EVER GIVEN ABOUT HITTING. STAYED BACK ON THAT. AND SWANSON’S BODY’S GOT A LIT! SCOTT: AND HERE COMES JOYCE AND THE FLOW. TOO LATE. R.B.I. DOUBLE FOR DANSBY SWANS WITHIN TWO STRIKES OFF SCHERZER AND IT’S 2-0 ATLANTA. MATT: THAT HAS TO FEEL GOOD FOR DANSBY THERE. YOU CAN SEE THE EXCITEMENT. WHEN YOU’RE SCUFFLING AS A HITTER, EVERYBODY KNOWS IT. MOM KNOWS IT. SHE’S CALLING. DAD KNOWS IT, HE’S CALLING. FANS KNOW IT. YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR PHONE OFF BUT THIS IS A GREAT PIECE OF HITTING. TWO STRIKES, HE’S BATTLING. MAX WENT BACK TO THE FASTBALL AND DANSBY STAYED ON IT AND LACED A LINE DRIVE INTO RIGHT CENTER FIELD. MATT: SCOTT, JUSTIN MAKES A POINT. WHEN YOU — YOUR MOM CALLS AND SAYS YOU’RE WORST IN YOUR PROFESSION, THAT’S THE WORST CALL YOU CAN GET. THAT MEANS YOU KNOW YOU’RE STRUGGLING AT THE PLATE. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: I UNDERSTAND, FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL PLAYING DAYS. HERE’S SOROKA. MATT: YEAH, I DIDN’T REALIZE HOW HARD BASEBALL IS UNTIL I REALLY WATCHED MY FIRST GAME WHEN I RETIRED. I WAS SITTING IN THE STANDS, GOOD FRIENDS WITH SOUZA JR. WE’RE WATCHING THE BALL GO TO HOME PLATE. I’M LIKE I CAN’T EVEN SEE THE BALL. HOW IN THE WORLD DID I HIT THAT? INSANE. SCOTT: YOU GUYS ARE GOOD. SOROKA, A HOT SHOT TO ZIMMERMAN. HE’LL TAKE IT HIMSELF AND THAT’S IT FOR THE BRAVES’ PORTION OF THE FOURTH. A HARD CHARGE FROM THE BOLT PORTION OF THE ORDER AGAINST MAX SCHERZER. THEY CRACKED THE COLD. MATT JOYCE WITH NICK MAR CAKE I GUESS SO AT SECOND. MAKING IT 1-0 ATLANTA. AND GLEN DANSBY SWANSON AT TIMES IN THAT AT-BATS LOOKING LIKE HE WAS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. WELL, HE FOUND IT. GOING THE OTHER WAY AND BRINGING HOME JOYCE AND MAKING IT 2-0 BRAVES. THE FIRST-PLACE CLUB IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST, LED BY BRIAN SNITKER. MANAGER OF THE YEAR IN 2018. IT’S HIS 34RD YEAR IN THE ORGANIZATION. HE KNOWS THESE PLAYERS, HE KNOWS THIS ORGANIZATION AS WELL AS ANYONE THAT HAS EVER BEEN A PART OF IT AND THEY’VE LOVED HIM LEADING THE WAY. 890 WINS LAST YEAR. THEY’RE ALREADY UP TO 91 WINS IN 2019 AND LOOK LIKE THEY’RE ON THEIR WAY TO A DIVISION CROWN. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE WITH BRIAN SNITKER JOINING US IN A MOMENT HE’LL BE WITH HEIDI AND HE HAS TO BE HAPPY AFTER WHAT WE JUST SAW FROM THE BOTTOM PORTION OF ORDER. SCORING A COUPLE OF RUNS AND MIKE SOROKA PITCHING SO WELL THIS LATE IN THE SEASON AND HEIDI IS WITH BRIAN SNITKER NOW. HEIDI: YOU JUST WENT TO TALK TO THE UMPIRE. YOU SAID YOU’RE TAKING FREDDIE OUT, IS HE OK?>>HE’LL BE OK, HE WAS A — HAVING A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH HIS ELBOW. HEIDI: SOROKA OUT HEIDI: SOROKA OUT THERE TONIGHT, HASN’T GIVEN UP A HIT TO THIS TEAM. LAST SUNDAY HE GAVE UP A COUPLE OF HOME RUNS AGAINST THIS TEAM. WHAT’S BEEN THE DIFFERENCE? >>THE OTHER DAY THEY JUMPED HIM A LITTLE BIT AND HE HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IN THIS GAME. HEIDI: YOU HAVE MARKAKIS BACK IN THE LINEUP. 2- OFF SCHERZER. OFF THE I.L. AND 2-2. HOW IMPORTANT IS HE TO THIS LINEUP? >>HE’S SO IMPORTANT TO OUR WHOLE CLUB, THE CLUBHOUSE, OUR TEAM, EVERYTHING. HE BRINGS SOME AND I THINK IT’S TWO OF THE HARDEST BALLS HE’S HIT ALL YEAR TOO. IT FEELS REALLY GOOD TO GET HIM BACK OUT THERE. SCOTT: THANK YOU FOR THAT BUILT OF INFORMATION. MIKE SOROKA READY TO GO FOR INNING NUMBER FOUR AGAINST THE NATIONALS. NO MORE FREDDIE FREEMAN FOR THE REST OF THIS GAME. AND MR. DO IT ALL, CHARLIE CULBERSON, AT FIRST BASE. JUMP: INJURIES CAN CHANGE AN M.V.P. RACE AND A WILD CARD RACE. FREDDIE FREEMAN CERTAINLY CAN DO THAT FOR THE BRAVES BUT SNITKER SEEMED TO THINK HE’D BE OK. SCOTT: 2-3-4 OF THE NATIONALS’ ORDER AND SOROKA PITCHES UPSTAIRS. A BALL AND NO STRIKES. CULBERSON HITTING .265 THIS YEAR. HAD A BIPPING 2018 FILLING IN FOR THE BRAVES IN A NUMBER OF SPOTS, INCLUDING FOR DANSBY SWANSON AT TIMES AT SHORTSTOP. AND HE CAN PLAY EVERYWHERE AND HE’S HAD SOME BIG HITS. ADAM EAT WITHIN A BIG ONE. — EATON WITH A BIG ONE. TOWARDS THE WALL AND HE HAS AN EXTRA BASE HITS. HE’LL STOP AT SECOND WITH A LEADOFF DOUBLE. MATT: BRAVES FANS KNOW HIM AS SPANKY. HE SPANKED THAT BASEBALL. THAT WAS NICE. SCOTT: FIRST HIT OF THE NIGHTS FOR THE NATIONALS. JUSTIN: AND THERE GOES YOUR NO-NO, SOROKA. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BLISTERED BY ADAM EATON. THE SINKER COMES BACK AND CATCHES TOO MUCH OF THE PLATE. HE HITS A LASER. AND RIGHT NOW SNITKER IS GOING WHY DID HIDE HIDE TELL ME MY PITCHER HADN’T GIVEN UP A HIT YET? [LAUGHTER] THAT WAS A GREAT PIECE OF HITTING MIDDLE OF THE ORDER. RENDON, AS GOOD AS ANYBODY, TIED FOR THE LEAGUE LEAD IN RESTRICTION. HAS A A CHANCE TO TAKE THAT RIGHT NOW. 117 OF THEM ON THE YEAR AND A FIRST-PITCH STRIKE. SCOTT: SUPERSTITIONS ON FRIDAY THE 13TH? NO WAY. MATT: I KNOW THE NATS ARE DEFINITELY HEALTHY TO HAVE A HEALTHY ADAM EATON. HE WAS MOVING VERY WELL ON THAT DOUBLE. HE GOT DRILLED IN THE BACK OF THE LEG, MISS IS SOME TIME. SCOTT: DEEP BONE PRIZE ON THE SIZE — SIDE — BRUISE ON THE SIDE OF HIS RIGHT KNEE. HE WAS DAY-TO-DAY, PINCH-HITTING AND NOW BACK IN THE LAST TIME THE LAST FEW DAYS. MATT: HE’S A KEY COG IN THAT LINEUP IN ADDITION TO ROBLES. THE THING THEY ENJOY ABOUT HAVING HIM THE MOST IS — ARE HIS PLATE APPEARANCES. HE CAN PUT THE BALL IN PLAY, HE’S GOT SOME POWER. SCOTT: MATT ADAMS LEFT YESTERDAY FOR THE NATS. HE TWEAKED HIS TRICEP. AND RENDON GOING LONG! TO THE WARNING TRACK, MAR CAKE I GUESS SO HAS IT. MATT: THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE THE GOLD GLOVER OUT THERE. SCOTT: DEEP PART OF THE BALLPARK IN LEFT CENTER AND RENDON GAVE THAT ONE A LONG RIDE AND MARKAKIS RAN IT DOWN, THE FORMER GOLD GLOVER. JUSTIN: THIS BALL JAMMED HIM A LITTLE BIT AND CAUGHT IT A LITTLE THICK, AS WE USED TO CALL IT. MARKAKIS RUNS THAT BALL DOWN. ACUNA, OH, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BAD. MATT: WATCH OUT. YOU COULD SEE THE LOOK MARKAKIS GAVE HIM LIKE HEY, LOOK, ACUNA, I’VE BEEN DOING THIS A LITTLE WHILE. I GOT IT. SCOTT: BUT HIT — HIS ANSWER WOULD HAVE BEEN YOU HAVEN’T BEEN DOING THE LEFT FIELD THING IN A WHILE. MATT: YEAH, USUALLY GOING TO YOUR LEFT LIGHTS THAT — LIKE THAT IN. RIGHT FIELD THE ONLY THING TO YOUR LEFT ARE FANS. SO HE’S MAYBE NOT USED TO HEARING THE VOICES. JUSTIN: I DON’T THINK ACUNA JR. IS GOING TO TELL MARKAKIS WHAT ANDRUW JONES SAID TO ME. MATT: WHAT WAS THAT? JUSTIN: I GOT IN. MATT: TALKING ABOUT ANDRUW JONES, DURING MY TIME IN THE YANKEES’ ORGANIZATION HE WAS THERE AND I REMEMBER HE HAD THIS GLOVE ON THE HEEL OF HIS SHOE AND IT TOOK MAE WHILE TO REALIZE THE GLOVE WAS GOLD. OH, OK, HE’S GOT 10 GOLD GLOVES. HE WAS PRETTY PHENOMENAL AND HE MADE IT LOOK EFFORTLESS. JUSTIN: HE ALSO CAME TO THE LEAGUE, 18 YEARS OLD? SCOTT: YES. WE HAVE SOME PHENOMENAL VIDEO DURING THIS NEXT HALF INNING. A YOUTUBE CLIP YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS COMING SOON. BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH, JUAN SOTO WALKED IN HIS FIRST TRIP. HAS A 2-1 COUNTS AND EATON IN SCORING POSITION. MATT: THIS IS WHERE JUAN HAS BEEN SO GOOD ALL YEAR FOR THE NATIONALS. MEN IN SCORING POSITION. SOROKA GETS A CALL THERE, TOP OF THE ZONE. JUSTIN: WE SAID THIS EARLIER SOOLED — TODAY AND I THINK JUAN SOTO IS AS GOOD AS ROCCO UMP WOULD BE. HE SHAKES HIS HEAD. JUAN, I AGREE WITH YOU. THAT’S PROBABLY AN INCH OR TWO OFF THE PLATES BUT YOU ARE AS GOOD AS AN AUTOMATED STRIKE ZONE. MATT: I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE, IF THEY HAD ROBOTS WHEN I PLAYED, I NEVER WOULD HAVE PUNCHED OUT. SCOTT: I THINK WHEN JUAN SOCIETYO RETIRES SOME DAY, HE COULD BE A SUPERSTAR UMPIRE. FOURTH IN ON-BAILS PERCENTAGE. FIFTH IN WALK RATES AND THAT’S WEIGHTED RUNS CREATED PLUS. 47% BETTER THAN LEAGUE AVERAGE. LEAGUE AVERAGE ON THAT NUMBER IS 100. 1.5 PLAYERS EQUALS ONE JUAN SOTO AT THE PLATE IN TERMS OF HIS HITTING DAMAGE GOING BACK TO 2018. 3- . HEIDI, WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ADD? HEIDI: YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOTO’S PLATE DISCIPLINE? IT’S HISTORIC. THE ONLY PLAYER IN HISTORY OVER .400 IN HIS AGE 19 SEASON, THAT WAS LAST YEAR. BASICALLY ALL HALL OF FAMERS WHO HAVE HAD A HITTING AVERAGE OVER .400 IN THEIR 20’S. ONLY MEL OTT AND ANOTHER PLAYER HAVE MORE THAN SOTO IN HIS CAREER THUS FAR, GUYS. SCOTT: HE A HAS AN OK CHANCE TO CATCH MEL OTT. HE WILL TURN 21 IN OCTOBER. THE REGULAR SEASON IS WHAT WE’RE COUNTERING. MATT: THESE ARE HISTORIC NAMES, LIKE HEIDI SAID. SCOTT: THESE ARE HALL OF FAMERS. THAT’S BALL FOUR. 400-PLUS ON BASE IN YOUR AGE 21 OR YOUNGER SEASON SINCE 1900. IT’S NOT A LONG LIST BUT IT’S A LIST THAT YOU’RE VERY FAMILIAR WITH. THESE ARE LEGENDARY NAMES AND JUAN SOTO IS ON THEIR TWO TIMES. LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR. MATT: THE ONLY TEENAGER IN BASEBALL HISTORY TO HAVE A .400 PERCENTAGE. JUAN SOTO AND ALEX RODRIGUEZ ARE THE OTHER TWO. JUSTIN: AT 19 YEARS OLD, I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO LAUNDRY ON MY HOLM OBSERVE. MATT: I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AT 19 YEARS OLD. I WAS A SLOW STARTER. FAMED KINDERGARTEN. SCOTT: WHAT WAS YOUR AVERAGE, .400 SELFISH MATT: IN HIGH SCHOOL, SURE. SCOTT: FLOW BACK TO THE PITCHER. SCROKEA MAKES THE SECOND OUT. EATON IS AT THIRD, SOTO TO SECOND. MATT: HERE’S A GUY COMING UP TO ME THAT IS THE KEY TO THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS’ STRETCH RUN. ZIP HAS BATTLED ALL — ZIM HAS BATTLED ALL YEAR WITH INJURIES BUT HE’S VERY WELL KNOWN HERE IN D.C. AND HIS NAME WILL GO UP IN THE RING OF HONOR BUT A HEALTHY RYAN ZIMMERMAN MAKES THIS TEAM VERY, VERY SCARY. MATT: DAVID MARTINEZ TALKING ABOUT HOW HE LOOKS HEALTHY. THEY HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ADAMS. SCOTT: YEAH, ADAMS GOING DOWN ON THE CHECK SWING YESTERDAY. CUT OFF BY AN EATON DOUBLE. BUT A TWEAKED TRY ACCEPT IN HIS SHOULDER. AND AT NO TIME 292, THREE HOMERS, 10 R.B.I.’S SINCE COMING BACK. THEY’LL TAKE THAT MATT: I WAS HERE WHEN HE CAME OFF THE I.L. AND HE HOMERED IN HIS RETURN. SCOTT: HE ALSO HOMERED ON WEDNESDAY. HE KNOWS HE’S THE SENIOR MEMBER. MAKING FUN OF HIMSELF MULTIPLE TIMES THIS YEAR, INCLUDING HIS HOME RUN SELL BRACE — CELEBRATION, PRETENDING HIS USING A WALKER IN THE DUGOUT. JUSTIN: AND HE’S YOUNGER THAN ME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. GET OUT OF HERE, ZIM. SCOTT: AND HERE’S THAT HOME RUN FROM WEDNESDAY. TARGET FIELD IS A LAUNCHING PAD THIS YEAR, IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD. THE TWINS HIT A TON OF HOMERS AND THE NATIONALS LIKE IT AS WELL. MATT: MAKING A MOCKERY OF EVERYONE IN THAT TWINS ROTATION OTHER THAN JOSE BERRIOS. HERE’S ZIM. GOOD HITTERS COUNT. SCOTT: AND ZIMMERMAN CONNECTS TO CENTERS FIELD. ACUNA IS THERE. MATT: THAT BALL WAS GOLFED. SCOTT: IT HANGS UP LONG ENOUGH FOR ACUNA TO COME IN AND CATCH IT AND PREVENT ANY DAMAGE BUT IT IS THE FIRST INNING FOR THE NATIONALS TO GET A HIT, A DOUBLE FROM ADAM EATS ON THE START OFF THE FRAME. — EATON TO START OFF THE FRAME AND THEY LEAVE TWO BASE RUNNERS ON. 2-0 BRAVES OVER THE NATIONALS AFTER FOUR INNINGS. SO NICK MARKAKIS ENDED UP MAKING THAT CATCH IN LEFT FIELD BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN HEAR EACH OTHER WHEN YOU’RE COMMUNICATING WITH RONALD ACUNA JR. THERE ARE FANS THAT LIKE TO HECKLE AND MATT DIAZ KNOWS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. MATT: OH, NO. [LAUGHTER]>>HEY,>>HEY, DIAZ! I KNOW YOU HEAR ME! NOBODY LIKES YOU! HEY, DIAZ! GO BACK TO LITTLE LEAGUE AND LEARN HOW TO HIT! HEY, DIAZ, YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED! CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE GOT TWO DIFFERENT COLORED SOCKS ON, DIAZ! [APPLAUSE]>>THAT’S NOT FOR YOU, DIAZ! HEY, DIAZ, WHAT’S THE U.V. PROTECTION ON YOUR SUNGLASSES? I KNOW YOU STARED INTO THE SUN AS A KID! HEY, DIAZ! YOUR FRIENDS DON’T EVEN LIKE YOU! DIAZ! WELCOME TO NEW YORK! GO BACK TO ATLANTA, YOU BUM!>>NOW, MINUS AHEAD 1-2. HE DRIVES ONE TO LEFT FIELD. TAGGING AT THIRD IS MURPHY. DIAZ MAKES THE CATCH. THE THROW IS CUT OFF. THE TOSS TO THIRD AND NOW WRIGHT IS TAGGED OUT. A SACRIFICE FLY FOR JASON BAY, BUT HE’S TRYING TO GO FROM FIRST TO THIRD ON A BALL EASILY CUT OFF. SCOTT: HE CAN THROW. HE HAS HIS SHOES OFF TONIGHT. AND THAT VIDEO ON YOUTUBE HAS ABOUT THREE MILLION VIEWS. MATT: MY KIDS THINK I’M FAMOUS BECAUSE OF THAT VIDEO. SO WHOEVER THAT GENTLEMAN WAS IN NEW YORK, I THANK YOU? I MEAN, I GUESS. I HAVE NO IDEA. BUT THAT WAS AN INTERESTING DAY. MY SOX ALWAYS MATCH AND MY SIDE BURNS ARE ALWAYS EVEN. SCOTT: YOU NEVER STARED INTO THE SUN? MATT: THAT WAS ONE I NEVER HEARD. I HEARD A LOT. JUSTIN: I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S ABOUT CITI FIELD AND LEFT FIELD THAT MAKE PEOPLE GO CRAZY. SCOTT: ACUNA JR. WITH A BASE HIT TO LEFT TO START OFF THE FIFTH INNING AGAINST MAX SCHERZER. THAT GUY OUT THERE WAS A PROFESSIONAL HECKLER. MATT: HE WAS. REALLY, THE CLIP DOESN’T DO A GREAT JOB. HE WAS QUIET AFTER I SHOWED HIM THE SOCKS FOR ALMOST HALF AN INNING. I GOT OUT THE NEXT INNING, IT WAS STILL GOING DOWN. THE SOCKS SHUT HIM DOWN FOR A MINUTE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WANT TO STEAL 40 BASES IN A SEASON. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT MATCHUP. SCHERZER NOT GREAT AT HOLDING RUNNERS. ACUNA WITH A SINGLE, GOT A SHOT HERE, SCOTTIE. 36 STOLEN BASES. TOPS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. JUSTIN: HE GAVE IT TO HIM. HE SQUARED SO HE COULD STEAL IT. MATT: OR OZZIE WORKED ON BUNTING AND WAS LOOKING TO WORK IT. JUSTIN: HE WAS LOOKING EARLY. SCOTT: HE MIGHT PUT TOGETHER THE FIFTH 40-40 SEASON THAT WE’VE EVER SEEN IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY. ONE HOME RUN AND FOUR STOLEN BASES AWAY WITH A COUPLE OF WEEKS LEFT IN THE SEASON. I LIKE HIS CHANCES AT THIS POINT. MATT: I DO TOO. JUSTIN: YEAH, THE LAST GUY TO DO IT WAS A WASHINGTON NATIONAL, ALFONSO SORIANO. MATT: THAT’S RIGHT. I MENTIONED SCHERZER NOT GREAT AT HOLDING RUNNERS. THE LAST SEASON, 16-19 WHEN RUNNERS ATTEMPT A STOLEN BASE OFF OF HIM. SCOTT: THIS YEAR, RUNNERS 8-9 AGAINST HIM. JUSTIN: I THINK BECAUSE HE’S SO DOMINANT, THEY HARDLY EVER GET OUT THERE. SCOTT: THAT’S A GOOD POINT. HE WOULD LET YOU STEAL SECOND AND THIRD AND SAY YOU CAN’T STEAL HOME. THAT’S WHAT HE WOULD TELL BASE RUNNERS AND HE WOMB BEAM THEM FROM WHAT I’M TOLL. JUSTIN: NICE. THEY PROBABLY GOT OUT THE THIRD AT-BAT. MATT: THAT’S PROBABLY TRUE. I’M NOT OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE PLAYED AGAINST JACK MORRIS. HOWEVER, HE IS A HALL OF FAMER. SCOTT: ALBIES POKES ONE TO LEFT. AND IT DROPS FOR A BASE HIT. ACUNA JR. MOVES UP TO SECOND. JUSTIN: I LIKE WHAT THE SPEED ELEMENT DOES TO PITCHERS BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM STOP FOCUSING ON WHAT THEY’RE DOING THE BATTER AT THE PLATE. SO I NOTICED THERE MAX HELD A LITTLE BIT LONG WHEN HE CAME SET . PROBABLY BECAUSE HE ACUNA ON BASE. AND LET ALBIES GET A LITTLE BIT MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE BOX. MATT: IT DIDN’T HAVE THE DEPTH. IT HAD THE MOVEMENT SIDE TO SIDE. IT DIDN’T HAVE THE DEPTH. MAYBE HOLDING, HOLDING, HOLDING. WHAT A NICE JOB TO TAKE WHAT HE WAS GIVEN THERE BY OZZIE ALBIES. SCOTT: THIS IS THE FIRST AT-BAT FOR CULBERSON. AND THE PLAY IS TO SECOND FOR THE FORCE OUT. — FORCE-OUT. ACUNA JR. LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE TRIPPED UP THERE. I SAW A LITTLE HOP AS HE PAST THIRD. MATT: HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE BALL BEING CAUGHT ON THIS BUNT. SCOTT: WATCH THIS. JUSTIN: HE’S STILL OUT THERE. TRAINERS HADN’T COME OUT. SCOTT: THAT’S RENDON MAKING THE PLAY TO SECOND. MATT: THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST GRABBED DOWN IN THE CALF. I DON’T KNOW I NEVER RAN FAST ENOUGH TO PULL A MUSCLE. JUSTIN: YOU HAD TO HOLD ON THE BUNT BECAUSE IT WAS ELEVATED. DIDN’T WANT TO RUN INTO A DOUBLE PLAY. SCOTT: NOW, DONALDSON WITH ONE OUT AND RUNNERS ON THE CORNERS. MATT: GETTING READY TO GO. KNOWING ACUNA HE COULD BE HOPPING AROUND ON ONE FOOT, HAVING FUN. DEFINITELY A LIGHTHEARTED PERSONALITY. DEFINITELY A BEAST. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT NICKNAME. SCOTT: WE HAD A LONG CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS BEFORE THE GAME STARTED. JUSTIN: IS THERE A SELF-PROCLAIMED NICKNAME? MATT: IT STARTED WHEN HE POUNDED HIS CHEST AND YELLED OUT “I’M A BEAST” IN SPANISH. HE’S 21 YEARS OLD POTENTIAL FOR A 40-40 SEASON. HE’S GOING TO BE A BEAST FOR A LONG TIME. WHY CAN’T THAT BE A NICKNAME? SCOTT: NO ONE ELSE OWNS THAT NICKNAME. IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. JOSH DONALDSON FOULS IT OFF. I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH ACUNA IN SPRING TRAINING. AND HE SAID THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE BEAST. THEY’RE GOING TO CALL ME THAT. JUSTIN: SCHERZER GOT AWAY WITH THAT ONE. MISSED CENTER CUT. THAT’S WHERE I WOULD LOOK. MATT: GOT A LITTLE UNDER IT. THE BRINGER OF RAIN, THE GREAT NICKNAME HIMSELF. JUSTIN: FOR A GUY WHO CONCENTRATES ON LAUNCH ANGLE. HE WANTS TO HIT THE BALL UP. MATT: LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST HIT TONIGHT. HE’S GOT A 3-1 COUNT. SCOTT: ARE YOU SENSING MAX’S LOCATION IS A LITTLE BIT OFF LATELY? JUSTIN: YEAH, HE HASN’T BEEN AS SHARP AS WE’RE USED TO SEEING. HE’S SITTING AT 89 PITCHES. HE’S LAD TO WORK EVERY INNING. THESE BRAVES HITTERS ARE MAKING HIM WORK. SCOTT: THERE’S A SWING AND MISS. BULLPEN ACTION. MATT: IF I’M BRIAN SNITKER, I’M FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT TONIGHT’S BALLGAME. SCOTT: IN THE AIR. ZIMMERMAN DOESN’T HAVE A PLAY.>>– MATT: HE JUST DOES NOT HAVE MAX’S NUMBER. HE WAS BATTING .111 WITH A SLUGGING PERCENTAGE OF .222. YOU’VE GOT TO LEAVE HIM IN THERE IF YOU’RE SNITKER. YOU’RE PLAYING JOSH DONALDSON. BUT HE HAS A TOUGH TIME WITH SCHERZER. SCOTT: HIS HARD HIT RATE AND LAUNCH ANGLE IS UP FROM HIS M.V.P. CAMPAIGN WITH THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS. JUSTIN: HE’S DEFINITELY LOOKING LIKE THE JOSH DONALDSON OF OLD. SCOTT: GREAT AT-BAT. BAGS FULL FOR NICK MARKAKIS WHO HAS SOME EPIC AT-BATS AGAINST SCHERZER IN HIS CAREER. JUSTIN: WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE NATIONALS’ BULLPEN. THIS IS WHERE YOU WOULD BRING IN A LEFTY. NICK MARKAKIS, FIRST PITCH WELCOME BACK FROM THE INJURED LIST. A FRACTURED LIST SUFFERED IN LATE JULY. A SINGLE. AND THEN IN THE FOURTH INNING, HOW ABOUT A DOUBLE? ROPED TO RIGHT CENTER. AND BROUGHT HOME BY MATT JOYCE TO SCORE THE FIRST RUN OF THE GAME FOR THE BRAVES. THEY END UP WITH TWO IN THE FOURTH. AND NOW THE BASES LOADED IN THE FIFTY WITH JUST ONE OUT. JUSTIN: YEAH, THOSE TWO BALLS WERE HIT AT 100 MILES AN HOUR AND THAT DOUBLE IN THE GAME, 103 MILES AN HOUR. MATT: AND BRIAN SNITKER GAVE US SOME INSIGHT ABOUT HOW THEY GOT HIM GAME-READY. YOU’RE COMING BACK TO THE BIG LEAGUES AFTER MINOR LEAGUE SEASON IS OVER. WHAT DID THEY DO? THE BRAVES FLEW IN A MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER TO ATLANTA TO HANG OUT WITH NICK MARKAKIS AND THROW HIM LIVE GAME SITUATIONS, SAME GAME B.P. SCOTT: HE SHOULD SEND HIM A “THANK YOU” TEXT BECAUSE SO FAR SO GOOD. JERRY: THEY’RE IN — JUSTIN: THEY’RE IN IT TO WIN IT. HE’S GOT TO THROW TO A BIG LEAGUER AT SUNTRUST PARK. I MEAN, COME ON. SCOTT: GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR HIM TOO. JUSTIN: GREAT EXPERIENCE. HE TOWED THE RUBBER AT SUNTRUST PARK. SCOTT: THEY’RE BUILDING THE CULTURE THERE IN ATLANTA THAT AN AGENT WOULD ALLOW A KID TO DO THAT. JUSTIN: OH, YEAH, DEFINITELY. SCOTT: SCHERZER TRYING TO GET HIMSELF READY FOR OCTOBER BASEBALL. BUT ALSO, HE IS IN THE THICK OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG CONVERSATION. THE CHANGEUP CALLED FOR A STRIKE. AND SITTING NEXT TO TWO FORMER HITTERS. JUSTIN: THAT WAS VERY GENEROUS. I THINK THAT BALL TOWED THAT CHALK LINE. HE’S TAKEN SOME AND GIVEN SOME AWAY. JUSTIN: ALL IN ALL PRETTY CONSISTENT. SCOTT: TO CENTER. ROBLES BACKING UP. AT THE TRACK. AND HE’S GOT IT. WELL DEEP ENOUGH TO BRING HOME ACUNA JR. AND MAKE IT 3-0 BRAVES. A LONG SAC FLY R.B.I. FOR NICK MARKAKIS, ANOTHER PRODUCTIVE AT-BAT AGAINST SCHERZER. MATT: THIS BALL THEY’RE TRYING TO GET UP. IT TAILS DOWN. IT’S GOING AWAY. MARKAKIS, ONE OF THE BEST AT LEVELING OUT HIS SWING THROUGH THE BAM HE DOESN’T SWING TO THE BALL, HE SWINGS THROUGH IT. HE WAS ABLE TO SWING THE BALL. ROBLES MADE A GREAT CATCH, THOUGH. JUSTIN: YEAH, HE DID. NICK PIMPED THIS BALL. AND MAX THOUGHT IT HAD A CHANCE AS WELL. BUT ROBLES HAD A GREAT JUMP ON THAT ONE. MADE A GREAT PLAY. SCOTT: CULBERSON MOVES UP TO THIRD. DONALDSON STAYS PUT AT FIRST BASE. AND MARKAKIS HAS HIMSELF AN R.B.I. TO MAKE IT 3-O BRAVES. JUSTIN: ONE THING THAT GETS OVERLOOKED IS THE BASERUNNING. CULBERSON PUTS HIMSELF IN A GOOD SPOTS. YOU CAN SCORE MANY, MANY WAYS FROM THIRD BASE. FASTBALL — MATT: WHEN SCHERZER THROWS HIS NASTY CHANGEUP, IT CAN MOVE AWAY FROM THE HITTERS AT TIMES. JUSTIN: IF I WAS AS GOOD CALLING PITCHES WHEN I WATCH, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN A SPECIAL PLAYER. MATT: YOU SHOULD HAVE GUESSED MORE. JUSTIN: YEAH, BUT WHEN I GUESSED IN THE GAME, I WAS WRONG. MATT: IT’S GOOD FOR US. WE LIKE IT. SCOTT: 0-1 TO JOYCE. 0-2. SCHERZER APPROACHING THE CENTURY MARK WITH PITCHES. THREE AWAY. THIS COULD BE HIS LAST INNING. JUSTIN: YEAH, THAT SAC FLY FOR NICK IS HIS HARDEST HIT BALL OF THE DAY WITH NO RETURN. 109 MILES AN HOUR OFF THE BAT. 100.9. SCOTT: HE JUST SEES THE BASEBALL COMING OUT OF THE BAT. JUSTIN: SUNTRUST PARK, YOU GOT HIM LOCKED IN. SCOTT: MARKAKIS 3 .23. 23-69. OOH. STRIKE THREE. THE GENEROSITY CONTINUES. OUTSIDE CORNER IS MAX’S FRIEND. AND IT’S HIS SIXTH STRIKEOUT. BUT ANOTHER RUN FOR ATLANTA. NICK MARKAKIS DOES THE DAMAGE. HE STARTS THE RALLY IN THE FOURTH. AND HE PUNCHES ON A RUN FOR THE BRAVES IN THE FIFTH. IT’S 3-0. SO THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN FOUR PLAYERS TO COMPILE 40 HOMERS AND 40 SNEALS A SINGLE SEASON. RONALD ACUNA JR., JUST SCORED RUN NUMBER THREE FOR ATLANTA. AND HE MAY SOON JOIN THAT 40-40 CLUB THIS SEASON. >>STAND BY. WHICH PITCH IS HE GOING TO RUN ON? HE’S LEANING A LITTLE BIT RIGHT NOW. HE’S RUNNING. THERE’S THE THROW! NUMBER 40! JOSE CANSECO, THE FIRST MAN EVER IN BIG LEAGUE HISTORY TO DO IT! HE’S GETTING A STANDING OVATION FROM HIS TEAMMATES AT THE TOP OF THE DUGOUT. AND THE FANS ARE STANDING ALSO. IT’S STOLE. IT’S HIS. HE’S GOT IT!>>THIS COULD BE FUN. BONDS GOES. BONS HAS — BONDS HAS DONE IT. BARRY BONDS HAS BECOME THE SECOND MAN IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL WITH 40 HOMERS AND 40 STEALS IN ONE SEASON. AND HE WILL TAKE THE BASE HOME. >>AND HE SAID THE REASON HE PUT THE PRESS ON IT IN SEPTEMBER IS THAT HIS TEAMMATES WANTED HIM TO DO IT. AND HE JUST DID IT. >>ALEX NEEDS JUST ONE MORE HOME RUN TO JOIN THAT 40/40 CLUB.>>THAT’S HIT WELL INTO RIGHT CENTER FIELD! ANDERSON GOES BACK AND SEE YOU LATER! THERE IT IS! ALEX RODRIGUEZ IS NOW A 40/40 PLAYER. ATTA BOY, ALEX. HOLY COW, 40/40. THAT’S ONLY THE THIRD MAN IN HISTORY.>>ALL EYES NOW ON SORIANO. NOW, HERE’S THE PITCH.>>NO THROW! HE COULDN’T GET IT OUT OF HIS GLOVE! ALFONSO SORIANO HAS MADE HISTORY AT R.F.K. STADIUM AS THE FOURTH PLAYER IN BIG LEAGUE HISTORY TO HAVE 40 HOMERS IN 40 STEALS. AND HE’S PULLED OFF THE SECOND BASE BAG. IT’S ALL HIS NOW. THEREON THIS CROWD! — THERE IS THE CROWD! SCOTT: VICTOR ROBLES SWINGING THROUGH THE PITCH. 3-0 BRAVES. BUT THE CHASE IS ON FOR RONALD ACUNA JR. TO GET TO 40 HOME RUNS AND 40 STOLEN BAGS. ONE HOME RUN SHY. FOUR STOLEN BASES TO GET TO 40. JUSTIN: I THINK HE WAS ON STANDBY. THEY TALK ABOUT THAT BEFOREHAND? MATT: IT WAS A 10-10 GUY. I STOLE THIRD. DAVE WRIGHT SAID, WHY DID YOU STEAL THIRD? HE SAID I’LL GIVE YOU 10 GRAND IF YOU COME WITH THAT WITH YOUR LICENSE PLATE ON YOUR CAR. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. THE YOUNGEST PEOPLE TO GO 30-30. MIKE TROUT, GOT HIM AT AGE 20. RONALD ACUNA JR., THE SECOND. HE IS THE YOUNGEST TO GO 35/35. JUSTIN: NICE. MATT: A-ROD HAD A GREAT CAREER. BOBBY BONDS DID NOTHING BUT HELP HIS SON ELEVATE HIS CAREER INTO A PHENOMENAL, PHENOMENAL, ARGUABLY HALL OF FAME CAREER. SCOTT: ACUNA JR. HAS A CHANCE. WE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO GO IN THE SEASON. I MEAN, THE HOME RUNS, THAT’S ALMOST A LOCK. HE NEEDS JUST ONE MORE. IT’S THE STOLEN BASES TO GET ON — GET YOURSELF IN A GOOD SPOT AND ALSO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE HEALTHY. STOLEN BASES CAN OFTEN LEAD TO INJURIES. THAT SHIFT TO LEFT. AND MARKAKIS GOT IT. PLAYING LEFT FIELD LIKE HE’S BEEN THERE FOR YEARS. AND THAT BALL DROPPED FARS. MATT: IS THAT GLOVE GOLD TOO? JEEZ. SCOTT: IT’S GOLD IN RIGHT. MATT: HE JUST COMES BUSTING IN. GETS LOW. MEETS THE BALL ON THE GROUND. SCOTT: NICK CAN PLAY OUTFIELD IN ANY POSITION. HE’S UP THERE IN AGE BUT HE’S STILL VERY ATHLETIC. VIEWERS AT HOME, IF YOU SEE HIS GLOVE — IF YOU SEE WHEN HIS GLOVE SLIDES IN AND HE’S GOT THAT GOLD EMBOSSING NEXT TO HIS WRIST THAT’S WHEN YOU KNOW HE’S WON A GOLD GLOVE OR NOT. I TRIED TO BUY THAT. AND PUT ME ON MY GLOVE AND THEY WOULDN’T ALLOW ME TO DO THAT. >>DID YOU REALLY?>>YEAH. I THOUGHT IT WAS AN ADD-ON. THEY SAID, NO, THAT’S EARNED. I KNEW I WOULD NEVER GET THAT. SCOTT: YAN GOMES, EIGHTH HITTER. SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE START SINCE KURT SUZUKI IS DOWN WITH AN ELBOW INJURY. THEY HAD BEEN SPLITTING TIME FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE SEASON. GOMES AN ALL-STAR LAST YEAR HIT .266 WITH 16 HOME RUNS AS A PART OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS. JUSTIN: WE ASKED DAVEY ABOUT SUZUKI. HE SAID HE HASN’T BEEN THROWING. THEY’RE GOING TO BE CAUTIOUS BECAUSE THEY’VE GOT THE END GOAL IN MIND. I THINK HE’S STILL IN SOME PAIN. IT’S NICE TO HAVE A VETERAN PRESENCE LIKE YAN GOMES TO JUST FILL IN.>> MATT: THERE WASN’T A ONE. THEY WERE A ONE AND A 1-A. BUT HE’S BEEN BRIAN MCCANN. MCCANN WENT TO GET FRANCISCO CERVELLI. THEY’RE PUTTING A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON THE OLDER CATCHERS THAT CAN HANDLE STAFF. JUSTIN: THINK WITH THE VETERANS THAT THE NATIONALS HAVE IN THEIR STAFF, YOU TALK ABOUT SCHERZER, STRASBURG, CORBIN AND ANIBAL SANCHEZ. IT PROBABLY MAKE THEM FEEL AT EASE. MATT: THINK ABOUT THE YOUNG STAFF FROM THE BRAVES AS WELL. YOU THINK ABOUT THE SOROKA AND THE MATT FREESE OF THE WORLD. BRIAN MCCANN BROUGHT INSTANT CREDIBILITY WITH THEM. TYLER FLOWERS EARNED IT OVER THE YEARS THERE. SCOTT: GOMES STRIKES OUT. JUSTIN: IT’S NICE TO HAVE THE VETERAN GUARDS LIKE MCCANN AND FLOWERS BECAUSE HE SAID HIS GUYS DO THEIR HOMEWORK. THEY STUDY TALL OPPOSING HITTERS. THEY HAVE THE GAME FRAME IN MIND. AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. SCOTT: MAX SCHERZER’S DAY IS OFFICIALLY DONE AFTER FIVE INNINGS. PINCH HITTER ANDREW STEVENSON IN THE NINTH SPOT. AND TANNER RAINY GETTING WARM. STEVENSON -43. 3.48 BATTING AVERAGE. A SMALL SAMPLE SIDES. MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. MATT: AND ANDREW IS ONE OF THOSE NATIONAL SPEEDSTERS, I REFERRED TO EARLIER, THIS GUY CAN REALLY FLY. MATT: WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE VETERAN CATCHERS. HOW MANY TIME HAVE YOU SEEN A GUY WHO HAS BEEN A MINOR LEAGUER COME IN AND PINCH HIT AND THE CATCHER NEEDED TO TAKE A TIME-OUT TO GO OUT AND GIVE THE PITCHER THE SCOUTING REPORT OR HAVE THE PITCHER TELL THEM WHAT THE SCOUTING REPORT IS. NONE OF THAT HAND. TYLER FLOWERS DIDN’T SKIP A BIT. HE KNEW HOW TO HANDLE IT. AND HE GOT AFTER IT. JUSTIN: HE THREW THAT CHANGE KNOWING HE HAD A YOUNG HITTER LOOKING TO AMBUSH IN A HITTER’S COUNT. HE GOT HIM TO CHASE. SCOILT GOES AROUND. — SCOTT: GOES AROUND. IT’S 2-2. MATT: WELL, WE KNOW WHAT THE SCOUTING REPORT WAS. HERE COMES THE CHANGEUP. NOW, BACK TO SYRACUSE. WHEN I PLAYED IN SYRACUSE, THERE WAS A FAN WHO TIPPED PITCHES ALL THE TIME. HE USED TO TELL US WHAT WAS COMING AT THE PLATE. AND HE WAS RIGHT ALL THE TIME. I WOULD LISTEN TO HIM. I SAID HERE COMES THE CHANGEUP. I HIT IT, BOOM THERE WAS A CHANGEUP. HE WOULD BE IN THE RIGHT FIELD LINE. I WAS LIKE, ATTA, GO, BOY. THANKS FOR THE HIT. >>HOW DID HE DO IT?>>I HAD NO IDEA. >> SCOTT: THEY MIGHT HAVE FOUND SOMETHING IN SYRACUSE. BREAKING BALL POURS IT IN AND GETS THE STRIKEOUT. NOT A BIG STRIKEOUT PITCHER. JUST HIS THIRD OF THE NIGHT. BUT LOOK AT THE WORK DONE BY MIKE SEW — SOROKA SO FAR. IT’S 3-0 BRAVES, TOPPING THE NATIONALS AFTER FIVE INS. SOROKA LOST TO SCHERZER ON SUNDAY. BUT THE BRAVES HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND SERIES AGAINST WASHINGTON LAST WEEK.>>IT’S A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT FOR BASEBALL IN ATLANTA. THE BRAVES HAVE TAKEN THE FIELD FOR THE FIRST OF FOUR AGAINST THEIR NEAREST COMPETITION AND ARCHRIVAL, THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS.>>ACUNA IS GETTING THE GREEN LIGHT! HERE HE COMES! LOOP DOUBLE. IT’S 1-0! HIGH FLY BALL, OPPOSITE FIELD AND ACUNA HAS HOMERED INTO THE CHOP HOUSE SEATS! AND OFF DOZIER’S GLOVE. OZZIE IS GOING TO SCORE TO MAKE IT 4-0. >>THE BRAVES WIN THEIR 11TH CONSECUTIVE GAME AT HOME. >>SWING AND A HIGH FLY BALL. >>THAT BALL IS GONE! IT’S 1-0! >>DONALDSON HAS LEFT THE BUILDING! >>RYAN ZIMMERMAN LEFT FIELD! SEE YOU LATER! IT’S 4-3. >>SWING AND A MISS. HE CAME BACK TO GET IT. STRIKES OUT MATT ADAMENTS.>>HE STRUCK HIM OUT! BRAVES WIN! LOOK AT THAT BALL CARRY! HOW ABOUT NUMBER 51? SWING AND A DRIVE, FIRST PITCH! IT’S 2-0! >>SEE YOU LATER! MONSTER HOMER BY ADREW BRAL CABRERA.>>PUT ANOTHER ONE ON THAT TALLY. BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS. MCCANN AND JOYCE. BALLGAME! HE FROZE HIM! >>AND ATLANTA HAS WON THE SERIES. 5-4, BANG! ZOOM GOES EATON IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST INNING. >>THAT BALL IS INTO THE MONKEY GRASS! A TOWERING HOME RUN.>>GONE! IT’S A MULTIHOME RUN GAME FOR YANN GOMES. DIFO MAKES THE PLAY. THE GAME IS OVER. AND A CURLY W IS IN THE BOOKS. SCOTT: THIS COPYRIGHTED TELECAST IS PRESENTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED OR TRANSMITTED IN IN FORM. THE ACCOUNTS AND DISCRIPPINGSES MAY NOT BE DISSEMINATED WITHOUT EXPRESSED WRITTEN CONSENT. WASHINGTON, D.C. SEEING VERY SUCCESSFUL BASEBALL FROM THE NATIONALS IN THE REGULAR SEASON GOING BACK TO 2012. BUT THEY’RE LOOKING TO GET OVER THE POSTSEASON HUMP. THEY HAVE NOT WON A PLAYOFF SERIES DURING THAT TIME PERIOD DESPITE WINNING THE DIVISION IN 2012, 2014, 2016, AND 2017. MAX SCHERZER IS DONE. TANNER RAINY ENTERS THE FOLD. THE E.R.A. IN THE MID 4.00’S. 72% FASTBALLS WHICH REACHES ABOUT 99 MILES AN HOUR. AVERAGES 989 WITH — 98% WITH IT. HE BRINGS THE HEAT, JUSTIN, BUT CONTROL IS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR HIM AS HE FACES THE BOTTOM PORTION OF THE BRAVES. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR HIM AND HOW CAN HE FIX IT? JUSTIN: THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH HIS MENTAL MINDSET. WHEN A GUY IS THROWING UPPER 90’S FASTBALLS, MOST PITCHERS DON’T REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS TO HIT A MOVING FASTBALL AS HARD AS IT IS. SO FOR ME, GOD DIDN’T MAKE ME A PITCHER FOR A REASON. BECAUSE IF I THREW THAT HARD I WOULD LET EVERYBODY KNOW AND I WOULD GO ABOUT MY BUSINESS IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WAY. FOR HIM I THINK IT’S JUST BEING YOUNG AND BUILDING THAT CONFIDENCE. HE’S GOT TO KNOW THAT HE’S HERE FOR A REASON. AND HE JUST HAS TO TRUST HIS STUFF. IT’S NICE TO SEE HIM GET AHEAD HERE 0-2. SCOTT: GOING RIGHT AFTER TYLER FLOWERS WITH THREE PITCHES. THE THIRD RUN RESULTS IN A GROUND BALL. ONE AWAY. >>YEAH, I MEAN, FOR A RELIEVER — MAYBE ALL PITCHERS IN GENERAL, GETTING STRIKE ONE GETTING AHEAD IS EVERYTHING. IT WAS NICE TO SEE HIM START TYLER THROUGHOUT WITH A GOOD FASTBALL. SCOTT: SECOND ROUND SELECTION BY THE CINCINNATI REDS IN 2015, OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA AND TRADED THIS OFF-SEASON FOR TANNER ROARK IN DECEMBER. NOW, SWANSON WHO BROUGHT HOME A RUN IN THE FOURTH. MATT: YEAH, FOR THE NATS TO GIVE UP TANNER ROARK WHO WAS VERY GOOD IN D.C., SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT TANNER. HE HAS TO TRUST HIS STUFF AND GO OUT THERE AND DOMINATE. HE HAS THE CAPABILITY. YOU SEE THAT PITCH. THAT WAS AN 0-0 BREAKING BALL. I KNOW HE HIT ONE IN THE GAP LAST TIME UP. WHEN YOU’RE AVERAGE FASTBALL ON THE YEAR IS ALMOST 98 MILES AN HOUR AND YOU START OFF THE EIGHT HOLE HITTER WITH A BREAKING BALL, TWO IN A ROW, I’VE TO QUESTION YOUR WILLINGNESS TO JUST GO AFTER HIM. HE NEEDS — THEY NEED TO HIRE BARTOLO COLON AS A SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO SIT WITH THIS KID. >>YOU LOOK UP AT THE GUNN AND — AT THE GUN AND HE’S 89. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED WITH THE ROLLOVER. AT 97 MILES AN HOUR, THE BALL COMES IN A BLINK OF AN EYE. TRUST IT AND GO AFTER HIM. MATT: HE THREW AN 02 SLIDER. AND THEN A BAD 0-0 SLIDE TORE SWANSON. THEN A GOOD 1-0 SLIDER. SO HE’S HIT OR MISS WITH THAT SLIDER. IF HE COULD JUST STAY THERE. THAT’S DANSBY’S SWEET SPOT. MIDDLE AWAY FASTBALLS. AND THAT JUST JUMPS OUT OF RAINY’S HANDS. HIS LAST A– SCOTT: HIS LAST APPEARANCE DIDN’T WORK OUT. RECORDED ONE OUT. 21 PITCHES. HE STARTED THE EIGHTH INNING AND GAVE UP THREE RUNS OFF TWO HITS AND TWO WAUFPBLGTS — WALKS. MATT: FOR ME THE WALKS IS THE THING THAT’S THE KILLER. MANAGERS DON’T LIKE THEM. AND I KNOW PITCHERS DON’T LIKE THEM AS WELL. I THINK JUST BE MORE AGGRESSIVE IN THE ZONE. SCOTT: TWO GONE. MATT: ANOTHER PRETTY GOOD BREAKING BALL DOWN IN THE ZONE. HE MIGHT BE FIND HG SLIDER. 75% FASTBALL USAGE AND IT DOESN’T FEEL THAT WAY SO FAR TONIGHT. IT FEELS LIKE HE’S 50/50. HE’S AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ORDER. THIS IS THE KIND OF — I MEAN, IF HE STARTS THE PITCHER OFF SLIDER, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME PROBLEMS. JUSTIN: I THINK DAVEY MIGHT THROW A CLIPBOARD AT HIM. SCOTT: HE STARTS HIM OFF WITH 97 MILE-AN-HOUR HEAT, BUT IT MISSES. DON’T YOU JUST CHALLENGE SOMEONE LIKE THIS? JUSTIN: I THINK YOU TRY TO. I KNOW SOME PITCHERS GET MENTALLY RATTLED WHEN THEY KNOW THE PITCHER IS OUT THERE AND HE’S NOT GOING TO SWING. MATT: YEAH, HE KNOWS SOROKA MIGHT NOT SWING THE BAT. MENTALLY HE MIGHT BE THINKING ABOUT IT TOO MUCH, INSTEAD OF BEING NATURAL AND LETTING IT FLOW. SCOTT: AGAIN, MISSES. YOU ALMOST THINK, JUST GIVE ME SOME WARM-UP TOSSES. STRAIGHT DOWN THE PIPE. JUSTIN: YEAH, I MEAN, I’VE TRIED TO PITCH BEFORE. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AN EASY THING TO DO. BUT I THINK MENTALLY HE KNOWS THAT SOROKA IS NOT SWINGING THE BAT. HE’S TRYING TO AIM. SCOTT: HE MISSED HIS SPOT IN ALL FOUR ATTEMPTS. THAT’S A FOUR-PITCH WALK TO MIKE SOROKA. MATT: I PLAYED WITH A CENTER FIELDER IN A-BALL. YOU’LL RECOGNIZE THE NAME WHEN I SAY IT. HIM NAYS IS BRANDON BACKY. HE WOULD SCREAM AT OUR PITCHERS “JUST THROW STRIKES.” OUR FARM COORDINATOR SAID IF YOU THINK IT’S SO EASY. HE WENT TO THE BULLPEN. WAS IN THE BIG LEAGUES AS A PITCHER LESS THAN A YEAR LATER. GOOD PITCHER. HE SHOWED WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN YOU JUST THROW STRIKES. HE WENT AFTER IT. HE ALSO HIT A BIG LEAGUE HOMER THAN I DID BECAUSE HE GOT TO THE BIG LEAGUES FASTER THAN I DID. HE SIGNED A BAT AND SENT IT TO ME. IT SAID MY HOME RUN CAME FIRST. JUSTIN: HE DEFINITE WAS. SCOTT: WOW, THAT’S A CALLED STRIKE ON ACUNA. MATT: VERY, VERY GENEROUS, ROB. SCOTT: OUR PITCH CAST HERE ON YOUTUBE IS PRETTY ACCURATE. LOOK AT GOMES FRAMING. BRINGING IT BACK INTO THE ZONE. LOST IT THERE. I LOVE OUR ANIMATIONS HERE ON YOUTUBE WHAT WE’RE ABLE TO DO. THIS RIGHT HERE MAKES MY HEART GLAD. THIS IS RONALD ACUNA’S 39 HOME RUNS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCH HIM IN THE HOME RUN, HIS EFFORTLESS POWER IS EVIDENT THE OTHER WAY. BUT HE CAN TURN ON THE BALL AS WELL. WATCH HIS ROUTINE IN THE CAGE TODAY. HE DID A LOT OF LEAD HANDWORK, MEANING HE JUST USED HIS BOTTOM HAND WITH A SMALLER BAT WORKING ON KEEPING THAT BAT THROUGH THE ZONE. WHEN HE DOES THAT AND HE PULLS HIS HANDS CLOSE TO THE BODY HE CAN HIT IT TO ANY PART OF THE YARD. THAT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SPRAY CHART I’VE EVER SEEN. >>AND A STRIKEOUT FOR RAINEY. APPARENTLY HE DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH MIKE SOROKA. SOMEWHAT PITCHED AROUND HIM, RIGHT? TO FACE ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS IN THE SPORT IN RONALD ACUNA JR. THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL SPRAY CHART THAT STARTS FROM THE CENTER AND BRANCHES OUT. ACUNA GOES DOWN. AND SO DO THE BRAVES IN THE TOP OF THE SIXTH. IT’S 3-0, ATLANTA. SO RIDING WITH THE BRAVES IS A SERIES SHOWN ON THE BRAVES YOUTUBE CHANNEL. EARLIER THIS YEAR, MIKE SOROKA WAS THE FEATURED MAN. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCERPT. YOU’LL LIKE IT. >>WHAT’S UP, MAN?>>HELLO, HELLO.>>HOP IN.>>HOW YOU DOING? >>I’M DOWNING GOOD. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO.>>WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT YOU AS FAR AS PITCHING GOES. YOU’RE FROM CANDIDATE YOU WERE PLAYING HOCKEY GROWING UP. WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING BASEBALL? >>I THINK I WAS 8, 9, 10, SOMEWHERE IN THERE. AND IT WAS SUMMER, TWO MONTHS OF SUMMER. I THINK IT WAS 13 OR 14 ONCE I HUNG UP THE SKATES. AND JUST DECIDED I LOVED BASEBALL THAT MUCH MORE.>>YOU PLAY GUITAR PRETTY REGULARLY, RIGHT? >>YEAH, I DID. I STARTED WHEN I WAS 10, 11, 12 SOMEWHERE IN THERE. IT WAS ACTUALLY “GUITAR HERO”.” >>NO WAY, THE GAME? ALIVE OR DEAD, ANYBODY YOU WANT TO GO SEE MUSICALLY. ANYBODY?>>METALLICA. >>WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO THE GYM IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE WILL BE LISTENING TO METALLICA? >>YEAH, BECAUSE I WAS THINKING WALKOUT SONG. I’M GOING TO COME IN. I’M GOING TO BLOW THE DOORS OFF THREE GUYS AND WE’RE GOING TO CALL IT A GAME. SOMETIMES WHEN I’M BORED, I’LL GO INTO A GUITAR SHOP OR GUITAR CENTER AND I’LL RUN AROUND AND TRY GUITARS. ARE IT’S BEEN A HIGHLIGHT FOR ME TO HAVE YOU WITH US.>>IT’S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.>>THIS HAS BEEN GREAT. BEST OF LUCK. I KNOW WE’LL BE CATCHING UP WITH YOU REALLY SOON. THANKS FOR RIDING ME. >>ALL RIGHT, MAN.>>SEE YOU SOON.>>YOU GOT IT. SCOTT: HE’S SO MATURE IN EVERY WAY. TO SEE MORE OF THIS EXCLUSIVE BRAVES CONTENT INCLUDING VIDEO SERIES LIKE “RIDING WITH THE BRAVES” AND D.P. PLAY LIST SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRAVES’ YOUTUBE CHANNEL RIGHT NOW. THAT’S A GREAT COMBO. IF I DID THAT, THOUGH, YOU’VE GOT TO PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING THE CAR. I DON’T KNOW. I MIGHT GET DISTRACTED. 80 PITCHES FOR MIKE SOROKA, ONE HIT AGAINST ONE OF THE MORE DYNAMIC OFFENSES IN THE SPORT. MATT: HE’S GETTING AHEAD. HE’S TRUSTING HIS STUFF. HE’S GOT THE SINKER WORKING TODAY. TREA TURNER DID HIT HIM HARD. MARKAKIS MADE A GOOD CATCH RUNNING AWAY. FEELS LIKE THE STRIKE ZONE IS EXPANDING IN A LOT OF WAYS RIGHT NOW. I DO WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BRAVES’ YOUTUBE CLIP. CAN WE PUT ON A SPECIAL REQUEST? I WANT TO SEE HIM PLAY GUITAR. DON’T YOU WANT TO SEE THAT AFTER THAT? SCOTT: OF COURSE. NEXT EDITION, YOU’LL HAVE THE DRIVER AND MAYBE HE’LL BE IN THE BACKSEAT SO HE HAS MORE ROOM WITH THE GUITAR. YEAH. MATT: LET’S JUST GET HIM A VOLKSWAGEN VAN. LET HIM DO “RIDING WITH THE BRAVES” IN A VOLKSWAGEN.>>WE’RE BUILDING CONTENT FOR THE BRAVES’ YOUTUBE CHANNEL. MATT: THERE YOU GO, GUYS. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: SOROKA GETTING AHEAD. HE’S DONE THAT ALL YEAR LONG. A BALL AND TWO STRIKES ON TURNER. HIS ROAD EARNED RUN AVERAGE IS NOW DOWN TO 1.36. I MEAN THAT IS JUST INCREDIBLE FOR ANYONE THAT WE’VE SEEN. BUT FOR IT TO BE FROM A ROOKIE MAKES IT EXTRA SPECIAL. LOOK AT THAT NUMBER. MATT: THAT WAS A FULL POINT BETTER THAN MAX SCHERZER, THE SECOND PLACE. SO POISED. SCOTT: WEAKLY HIT TO ALBIES. QUICK THROW TO GET THE SPEEDY TURNER FOR THE FIRST OUT. HIS HOME E.R.A. IS A SHADE OVER 4.0. SO IF YOU’RE THE BRAVES COME PLAYOFF TIME, DO YOU TRY TO LINE HIM UP FOR A ROAD START OR DO YOU WIPE IT AWAY? JUSTIN: I THINK YOU WIPE IT AWAY. YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE IT A MENTAL THING FOR SOROKA. HE’S BEEN SO GREAT ALL YEAR. HE’S JUST GOT TO TRUST HIS STUFF, TRUST THAT HE’LL ELEVATE AND SHOW UP IN THE MOMENT. MATT: I’M GOING TO DO BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THEY LINE UP THIS PITCHING ROTATION. THEY’RE GET DOG THE POINT IN THE SEASON, WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO CLINCH POTENTIALLY EARLY ENOUGH OR FEEL LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO CLINCH TO LINEUP THEIR PITCHING THE WAY THEY WANT IT. I HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT YOU DON’T PITCH HIM GAME ONE. I REALLY DO. I KNOW YOU’VE GOT FOLTY, KEUCHEL WHO HAS BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND MAYBE DO IT JUST FOR THAT REASON. BUT I WANT THIS GUY TO PITCH AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE IN THIS SERIES. LET HIM PITCH GAME ONE AT HOME. AND GAME FOUR ON THE ROAD. SCOTT: THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S A GOOD POINT. BY FAR, BEST E.R.A. IN THE ROTATION FOR ATLANTA. THAT NUMBER FOR KEUCHEL KEEPS GOING DOWN. JUSTIN: HE JUST HAS TO TRUST HIS STUFF. YOU KNOW HE’S GOING TO SHOW UP IN THE END. SCOTT: ONLY ONE HIT ALLOWED, AND IT’S TO THIS BATTER, ADAM EATON. SMACKED A DOUBLE IN THE FOURTH. MATT: THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS COULDN’T BE MORE DIFFERENT. WE TALKED ABOUT SOROKA AND HIM PITCHING TWICE IN A PLAYOFF SERIES. THE NATIONALS ONCE HAD A VERY GOOD YOUNG PITCH WHORE DIDN’T PITCH IN THE PLAYOFFS. IT WAS STEPHEN STRASBURG. THE NATIONALS TALK ABOUT RESTING THEIR OLDER PLAYERS PLAYING THEM ONE AND TWO OFF. IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT CULTURE. SOME OF IT WOULD SAY THAT IN THE LONG RUN, THE NATIONALS, THE NATIONALS WOULD PAY OFF OVER THE COURSE OF THE LONG HALL. BUT WE’RE ALMOST 162 GAMES. IT’S A LONG SEASON. IT’S PAYING OFF FOR THE BRAVES. WE’LL HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON SOROKA OVER THE YEARS AND SEE IF HIS CAREER CAN MATCHUP WITH STRASBURG. BUT I LOVE THE WAY THE BRAVES ARE JUST TRUSTING THEIR PLAYERS TO GO OUT THERE AND DO THE JOB. JUSTIN: I THINK FROM A HITTER’S STANDPOINT — SCOTT: HE SLAPS IT TO RIGHT AND THAT’S FROM CHOICE. JUSTIN: FROM A HITTER’S STANDPOINT YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOUR TIME IN THERE. DONALDSON, ACUNA HAS BEEN GREAT. IF YOU SIT THEM FOR A FEW GAMES, WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR THEM, FOR THEIR TIMING? SCOTT: I WHEN REMEMBER DANSBY SWANSON GOT CALLED UP, ORIGINALLY THE FORMER REGIME WITH JOHN CAPOLLELA WAS TRYING TO REST HIM AND NOT LET HIM FACE THE TOUGHER PITCHERS OF THE WORLD. WHEN THAT REGIME WENT AWAY AND SNITKER WAS ESTABLISHED AS A COACH, HE JUST STARTED THROWING HIM OUT THERE. AND YOU’RE RIGHT. SCHERZER WAS THE KIND OF GUY THAT DANSBY SWANSON WAS MISSING. HE’S HIT A DOUBLE. THAT’S CONFIDENCE. AND IN A PLAYOFF SITUATION MUST-SWEEP SERIES FOR THE NATIONALS, YOUR GUY HAS A DEAD KNOCK. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE’S ANYTHING YOU CAN DO WITH THAT. I KNOW TALKING TO ADAM ROACH THE OLD NATIONAL, HE WOULD SAY HE SHOULD HAVE PITCHED HIS ROOKIE YEAR LATE INTO THE SEASON. HE FELT LIKE THE ORGANIZATION LET THE ENTIRE — LET THE ENTIRE TEAM DOWN BY NOT HAVING THEIR BEST ROSTER READY TO ROCK AND ROLL BY THE TIME THE PLAYOFFS ROLL AROUND.>>AT THAT POINT IT BECOMES A DISTRACTION BECAUSE EMBLE KNOWS YOU’VE GOT A WORKHORSE WHO IS NOT GOING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM. YOU’RE HAMPERING OR HANDICAPPING YOUR CLUB BY NOT PUTTING HIM IN THERE. SCOTT: BRAVES A LITTLE BIT MORE OLD SCHOOL. ALEX ANTHOPOULOS WHO COMES FROM THE DODGERS. BUT A PART OF THE FRONT OFFICE FOR L.A. THEY TRIED TO DO ALL THAT LIMITING AND MONITORING PITCH COUNTS AND EVERYTHING. YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT THEIR STUFF. IF IT’S PLAYING UP THIS TIME OF YEAR, THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP GOING WIT. AND MIKE SO ROCKA HAS GOT THAT STUFF IN SEPTEMBER THAT YOU DREAM ABOUT FOR OCTOBER. THE 22-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE IS PUTTING ON AN ABSOLUTE SHOW. ANTHONY RENDON NOT A FAN OF STRIKE THREE. THAT’S HIS FOURTH STRIKEOUT OF THE NIGHT. SIX SHUTOUT INNINGS FROM THE BRAVES’ ROOKIE. AND HE WOULD BE D SECOND YOUNGEST BRAVE TO START A PLAYOFF GAME. STEVE AVERY WAS 21 BACK IN 1999. SOROKA IS 22 YEARS OLD. A 1-2-3 FRAME TO SIT DOWN THE TOP OF THE ORDER FOR THE NATIONALS. TURNER, EATON AND RENDON. SPEAKING OF RENDON, HEIDI, IT’S HIS NIGHT. EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT HIS NIGHT AT THE PLATE, IT IS HIS NIGHT. HEIDI: YEAH, WE HAVE THE TREAT TO HAVE FOUR LEGITIMATE M.V.P.’S. ANTHONY RENDON. IT’S HIS BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS CROWD, EVERY TIME HE COMES TO THE PLATE, THEY DEFINITELY THINKS HE SHOULD M.V.P. HE LEADS ALL OF MLB IN BATTING AVERAGE. I ASKED TREA TURNER. HE SAID IF THE GUY WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HE WOULD BE THE M.V.P. HE’S QUIET GUY. HE PREFERS TO BE AN UNDER-THE-RADAR GUY. YOU’VE GOT THREE LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE. FREEMAN LEFT THIS GAME THE ELBOW KIND OF BARKING AT HIM. HE’S GETTING CHECKED OUT RIGHT NOW. BUT HE’S A GUY ON THIS TEAM, A QUIET LEADER, HE LEADS THE TEAM IN R.B.I.’S, IN O.P.S., IN AVERAGE. HE’S A FANTASTIC GUY. YOU’VE GOT JOSH DONALDSON AS WELL. HE LEADS THE TEAM IN WAR AT 5.7. AND YOU HAVE OZZIE ALBIES. AS YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SAYING, COULD BE A 40/40 GUY. HE WOULD BE THE ONLY FIFTH GUY TO BE A 40/40 GUY. HE’S GOT 39 HOME RUNS, 36 STOLEN BASES. SO I POSED THE QUESTION, WHO IS THERE M.V.P.? THEY SAID FREDDIE FREEMAN. HE’S THE LEADER. HE’S THE GUY THAT GOES TO THE POST EVERY DAY. HE’S DOING IT EVERY DAY FOR THIS TEAM. TREA TURNER HAS ANTHONY RENDON. THIS CROWD HAS ANTHONY RENDON IF YOU THROW IN YELICH AND I KNOW HE’S OUT FOR THE SEASON, BUT YOU THROW IN BELLINGER WHO DO YOU GUYS THINK IS THE N.L. M.V.P.?>>I’LL TAKE IT FIRST. YEAH, SO I AGREE WITH BRIAN SNITKER AND JOSH DONALDSON THAT FREDDIE FREEMAN IS THEIR M.V.P. HE SETS THE CULTURE. I CAN’T GET AWAY. SORRY, BRAVES’ FANS WHAT CODY BELLINGER HAS DONE ALL YEAR LONG OUT THERE IN LOS ANGELES. THAT SHIFT TO RIGHT CENTER. OFF THE BAT OF ALBIES. AND IT’S GONE! YES, IT IS. KEEP GOING, OZZIE! YOU’VE GOT A HOMER! A LITTLE WALL SCRAPER, BUT A TALL WALL IN RIGHT CENTER FIELD! AND THE BRAVES ARE UP TO A 4-0 LEAD OFF HIS 24TH OF THE YEAR. HE’S STILL NOT SURE HE GOT ALL OF IT. JUSTIN: HE’S BEEN A NATS KILLER. HE HAD A GOOD SERIES DOWN IN ATLANTA AND CONTINUES HERE IN D.C. MATT: KEEPS SHOWING BUNT EVERY AT-BAT. AND HE GOES DEEP LIKE THAT. THIS GUY IS UNBELIEVABLE. HE WORKS HARD. I LOVE HIS ROUTINE. HE GETS PAID BACK. IF IT BOUNCES BACK IN IT’S NOT A HOMER. BUT IT HITS THE WALL AND THEN HITS THE RAIL AND THEN BOUNCES BACK IN. THAT MAKES IT THE HOME RUN. JUSTIN: YEP, DEFINITELY, THE NATS AREN’T GOING TO ARGUE WITH THAT ONE. BUT RAINEY WENT BACK TO THE SLIDER. DIDN’T TRUST THE 97. YOU KNOW, THERE’S NO DOUBT ON THAT CALL. BILL WELKE IS OUT THERE. MATT: VERY CONFIDENT IN HIS CALL OUT THERE. JUSTIN: THERE WAS NO FLINCH. HAD THE HELICOPTER GOING. SCOTT: ALBIES IS ON A ROLL. AND HE’S BEEN CRUSHING THE NATIONALS LATELY. THREE HOMERS IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES AGAINST THEM. NOW, IT’S CULBERSON WHO REPLACED FREEMAN DEALING WITH AN ELBOW ISSUE AND HE SCORCHS THAT BALL TO THE LEFT FIELD CORNER. IT’S FOULED OFF. JUSTIN: NOW, MATTY, YOU NOTICED HOW CULBERSON GOT THROWN INTO THE FIRE HERE. MATT: RIGHT. JUSTIN: FANS DON’T REALIZE THIS IS HARD TO DO. HE’S GOT HIS GUM, SWEAT SHIRT ON AT THE END OF THE DUGOUT. HEY, CHARLIE, YOU’RE IN THE GAME. THAT EVER HAPPEN TO YOU? MATT: OH, YEAH, QUITE OFTEN. IT ALSO SEEMED TO HAPPEN WHEN A LEFT-HANDED HITTER WAS ABOUT TO FACE A REALLY NASTY LEFT-HANDED PITCHER. AN OBLIQUE WAS TWEAKED. IT DID HAPPEN QUITE OFTEN. I WAS ON SOME OLDER TEAMS AND YOU END UP OUT THERE. YOU DO. I SPOKE WITH RON AND ALL THE DIFFERENT ROUTINES. AS A BENCH PLAYER, YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT ROUTINE WHEN YOU’RE STARTING AN PINCH HITTING. WHEN — AND PINCH HITTING. WHEN YOU GET THROWN IN FIRE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO THROUGH YOUR ROUTINE. HEIDI WOULD CALL IT A SUPERSTITION. I WOULD CALL IT A ROUTINE. JUSTIN: YEAH, NO DOUBT. IT’S A GOOD, TIGHT SLIDER FROM RAINEY. PROBABLY ONE HE WANTED TO THROW TO ALBIES. 0-0. BUT HE BOUNCED BACK AND GOT CULBERSON FOR THE K. MATT: I DON’T WANT THE VIEWERS TO THINK I’M ANTI-SLIDER. I THINK, I MEAN, I THINK RAINEY LOOKS TO ME LIKE HE DOESN’T TRUST HIS STUFF INSIDE THE ZONE. SCOTT: KICKED OFF RAINEY ELSE FOOT. AND PINBALLS TO RIGHT FIELD. DONALDSON HAS A BASE HIT. JUSTIN: THE BRINGER OF RAIN IS THE BRINGER OF BRUISES. THAT ONE’S GOING TO HURT. SCOTT: YOU SO COULD HAVE RHYMED THAT. A LASER OFF THE MIDDLE. OH, OFF THE INSIDE OF THE ANKLE. DIDN’T EVEN GET THE CALF. MATT: THAT’S A BONE BRUISE, NO DOUBT. JUSTIN: HE SHOOED THE TRAINERS OFF QUICKLY. MATT: THAT’S GOING TO HURT TOMORROW. JUSTIN: THAT’S GOING TO HURT WHEN THE ADRENALINE WEARS OFFER. SCOTT: NICK MARKAKIS COMING UP. JUSTIN: LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET FOUR AT-BATS WITH FOUR AT 100 MILES AN HOUR. SCOTT: THEY DIDN’T LET HIM THROW A PITCH. JUSTIN: NO, HE SAID HE WAS FINE. WE’LL SEE. SCOTT: THAT’S RIGHT. HAVE A DAY, NICK MAR MAY KISS. SINGLE, DOUBLE, SAC FLY. RAINEY LOOKS FINE. MATT: HE’S FINE. THIS IS THE INCREDIBLE THING ON NICK MARKAKIS. HE’S CLOSING IN ON 400 HITS. HIS CAREER ON-BASE PERCENTAGE .358 THIS YEAR. HE’S JUST SO STINKING CONSISTENT. O.P.S. IS UP COMPARED TO THE REST OF HIS CAREER. .787. HE’S HAVING ANOTHER CAREER YEAR. EVERY YEAR IS A CAREER YEAR FOR HIM. JUSTIN: SO STEADY. SO CONSISTENT. HITS LINE DRIVES TO ALL FIELDS. SCOTT: TURNER FIRES TO FIRST FOR THE DOUBLE PLAY! THE BRAVES GET ONE. OZZIE ALBIES LEADS OFF THE SEVENTH WITH HIS 23RD BLAST OF THE YEAR. THE BRAVES ARE ALL SMILES. 4460 AS WE GET — 4-AS WE GET UP AND STRETCH. AND WE RUN THE GAME THROUGH. SOROKA AGAINST SCHERZER. IS ROCCA OUTDUELING MAX, THE CY YOUNG WINNER. WE GO THROUGH THE SECOND INNING AND SCHERZER WAS IN A LITTLE TROUBLE. THIS IS THE FIRST TROUBLE WE SAW, MATT. AND HE PICKS UP THREE CONSECUTIVE STRIKEOUTS. MATT: THE WAY HE DOES THAT IS GET GROUND BALLS. 5-4-3 DOUBLE PLAY TO BAIL HIM OUT. WOULD GET THE NEXT BATTER. AND BE OUT OF A JAM. SCOTT: THE BRAVES BREAK THE ICE. MATT JOYCE BRINGING HOME NICK MARKAKIS AFTER HE DOUBLED. AND DANSBY SWANSON, JUSTIN, HE WAS AT A TWO-STRIKE COUNT AND HE SURPRISED US. JUSTIN: HE GOT A PITCH OVER THE PLATE AND DROVE IN THE RIGHT CENTER GAP. GREAT STRIKE TWO PITCH. MARKAKIS HIT A BALL THAT HE THOUGHT GOT OUT. THANKFULLY ACUNA JR. TAGGED. AND HE SCORED. SCOTT: AND THE SOROKA SHOW CONTINUES. MATT: WE’RE TALKING THROUGH SIX INNINGS. HE STARTED TO PUMP SOME STRIKEOUTS IN. FOUR K’S. THREE OF THEM IN THE LAST INNING. JUST IMPRESSIVE. THE FUTURE OF THE BRAVES’ BULLPEN — SCOTT: OZZIE ALBIES. WATCH IT, WATCH IT. THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH. YOU SAW IT COME BACK TO THE PLAYING SURFACE AND THOUGHT, AM I GOOD? NO, YOU CAN COME ON DOWN. NUMBER 23 ON THE YEAR. HE’S HAVING A DYNAMITE SEASON FROM THE SECOND BASE POSITION. IT’S 4-0 BRAVES. YOU DID SEE A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY FROM MAX SCHERZER. HE PAST DAVID COHEN, 24TH ALL TIME IN STRIKEOUTS. BUT SCHERZER GOES FIVE INNINGS, GIVE UP SEVEN AND THREE RUNS. HE WAS BETTER ON SUNDAY. THIS WAS NOT HIS BEST. JUSTIN: HE WAS A LITTLE ERRATIC WITH HIS COMMAND. HIS CHANGEUP LOOKED GOOD AT TIMES. OBVIOUSLY DAVEY MARTINEZ IS NOT GOING TO DO BE HAPPY WITH THE RESULT. BUT HE’S HAPPY THAT HE GOT OUT OF THE GAME HEALTHY. MATT: THE BRAVES REALLY WORKED HIM. IN THE FIRST BATTER OF THE GAME, ACUNA HAS A NINE-PITCH AT BATH. HE GOT HIM OUT BUT HE HAD A — NINE PITCH AT-BAT. HE GOT HIM OUT BUT HE BATTLED. IF YOU CHASE ONE OF THESE THREE REALLY FOUR STARTING PITCHERS THE NATIONALS HAVE IN GETTING THEIR BULLPEN EARLY, YOU’VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE TO ADD ON AND THE BRAVES DID THAT. SCOTT: THE 33-YEAR-OLD JOURNEYMAN HAD ANER MACK LATINNING. THAT MEANS NINE PITCHES, ALL STRIKEOUTS. IT IS NOT EASY TO DO. I HEARD SOME UNFORTUNATE NEWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THEER MACK LATINNING. I HEARD THEY TOSSED THE BALL INTO THE STANDS NOT REALIZING WHAT HAPPENED. MATT: IT’S EXTREMELY RARE. ONE OF THE RARE FEATS IN BASEBALL. CHRIS MARTIN PROBABLY DOESN’T CARE BECAUSE HE’S HERE FOR A PENNANT RACE. AND SINCE HIS TRADE, HE’S BEEN LOOKING TO MAKE HIS NAME AS AN ATLANTA BRAVE. HIS LAST SEVEN GAMES HE’S GOT 6 2/3 INNINGS PITCHED. ONLY A 2.70 E.R.A. HE’S SET SBOOLED THIS SIXTH, SEVENTH ROLE THAT SNITKER HAS HIM PITCHING IN RIGHT NOW. JUSTIN: I’M 6’5″, AND I WAS LOOKING UP TO HIM. HE’S A BIG BOY. SCOTT: 6’8″, 215 POUND, 33-YEAR-OLD. THAT INNING WAS ON WEDNESDAY IN A 3-1 WIN AGAINST PHILADELPHIA. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY EMMACULATE INNINGS WE’VE SEEN? IT’S NOT AS RARE AS A PERFECT GAME OR A NO-HITTER. WE’VE SEEN SOME THIS YEAR. CAN YOU GIVE ME A NUMBER? JUSTIN: THIS SEASON? SCOTT: YEAH, THIS SEASON. JUSTIN: I GO EIGHT. MATT: I’M GOING TO SAY SEVEN JUST BECAUSE OF ALL THE STRIKEOUT THIS IS YEAR. SCOTT: SEVEN. YOU WERE GREAT. MATT: I COULDN’T GET OVER THERE. I COULDN’T READ HIS CHICKEN SCRATCH. SCOTT: I DO THE CHICKEN SCRATCH ON PURPOSE. JUSTIN: MATT IS SITTING CLOSER TO SCOTT THAN I AM. SCOTT: TWO OF THOSE INNINGS COMING FROM CHRIS SALE WHO IS DONE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR WITH AN ELBOW ISSUE. THE RED SOX WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS AFTER WINNING THE WORLD SERIES LAST YEAR. JUSTIN: SOTO HAS BEEN GOOD THIS SEASON. I THINK IT’S GOT TO DO WITHIN AN ADJUSTMENT THAT HE MADE THIS OFF-SEASON IN TERMS OF ATTACKING NONFASTBALLS. SCOTT: LAST YEAR, HE DESTROYED FASTBALLS AS A ROOKIE. NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP IN 2019. JUSTIN: I THINK THE LEAGUE WAS GETTING ON TO THAT. THEY STARTED THROWING HIM NONFASTBALLS. AND HE WASN’T AS GOOD IN THOSE PITCHES MAKING ADJUSTMENTS. SCOTT: AGAINST FASTBALLS IN 2018, HE RANKED THIRD IN SLUGGING PERCENTAGE. HE’S NINTH THIS YEAR. SO SECOND OVERALL. NUMBER ONE ON THAT LIST IS MAX MUNCY OF THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS. JUSTIN: THAT’S DAMAGE RIGHT THERE. SCOTT: SENDS IT TO LEFT. HIGH IN THE AIR FOR MARKAKIS TO CHASE. IN THE CORONER FAIRGROUND. HE’S GOT OUT NUMBER ONE. I HAVE A FEELING THAT JUAN SOTO, JUSTIN, IS A QUICK ADJUSTER. JUSTIN: YEAH, I MEAN IF YOU LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS HIS ACHILLES HEEL. HE HAD A GREAT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN BUT HE STRUGGLED ON OFF-SPEED PITCHES. THE ONLY PLACE HE WAS HOT WAS UP AND MID. LOOK, THIS ADJUSTMENT HE MADE THIS OFF-SEASON, I MEAN, THAT IS SIX BOXS THAT ARE RED PRETTY MUCH. THIS GUY HAS MADE A GREAT ADJUSTMENT. HE’S A TOUGH OUT. HE SEIZE SO MANY PITCHES PER AT-BAT. I THINK THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE GUY IN THE DUGOUT, THEIR HITTING COACH. KEVIN LONG — SORRY, I WAS LOST FOR WORDS. BUT K-LONG I HAD HIM IN TAMPA. I HAD HIM IN SPRING TRAINING FOR TWO YEARS. I ABSOLUTELY KILLED THE BALL FOR THEM. BUT K-LONG HAS BEEN A GREAT LONG. HE’S SO POSITIVE. I THINK THAT’S THE KEY. HE KNOWS HIS STUFF. BUT FROM A MINDSET, HE’S SO POSITIVE — DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU DO AT THE PLATE, HE’S GOING TO MAKE YOU THE BEST YOU AS HITTER. AND THAT’S WHAT I THINK THESE YOUNG NATIONALS GUYS NEED. IS HIS PERSONALITY, HIS WORK ETHIC. I CAN TELL YOU MANY TIMES I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE BACKFIELD WITH HIM, ROBINSON CANO, ANDRUW JONES AND HE’S TRYING TO MAKE YOU THE BEST HITTER THAT YOU CAN BE WITH WHATEVER KIND OF BATTING STANCE THAT YOU HAVE. HE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT EACH ONE OF THE GUYS. OK. THIS IS WHAT MAKES HIM CLICK. I’M GOING TO MAKE HIM THE BEST HITTER THAT HE CAN POSSIBLY BE. MATT: MY LAST YEAR IN BASEBALL I WAS IN YANKEES’ CAMP. HE GOT ME SO LOCKED IN. I WANTED TO RETIRE BUT MY SWING FELT SO GOOD THAT I WENT TO TRIPLE-A WITH THE MARLINS AND I KILLED IT. HE GOT ME SO LOCKED. SCOTT: THE SECOND OUT. MATT: THE TWO KEVINS IN THE DUGOUTS THE HITTING COACHES NEED A LOT OF CREDIT. THEY HAVE YOUNGER TEAMS. THEY HAVE YOUNG SUPERSTARS THAT THEY KEEP ENGAGED WITH AND THEY EARN THEIR TRUST. THIS IS A BARREL AS WELL. DIDN’T LAUNCH IT AT ALL. ALBIES IS TO GOOD. PROBABLY HIS WORK WITH RON WASHINGTON. >>A LOT OF FANS DON’T REALIZE THERE’S A LOT OF WORK AS TO WHAT MAKES THESE GUYS CLICK ON THE FIELD. IT STARTS EARLY. THEY DO THEIR WORK. THEY DO THEIR RESEARCH. AND THEN THEY GET THEIR PLAYERS OUT HERE AND THEY GET THEIR WORK IN BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT IT TAKES. I MEAN, RON WASHINGTON HAS BEEN A LIFER IN THIS GAME. AND FOR HIM TO TAKE OZZIE ALBIES UNDER HIS BELT — HE WAS ALWAYS A GREAT PLAYER. BUT NOW, HE’S A SUPERSTAR. SCOTT: THINK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THESE COACHES BECAUSE WE GOT HERE EARLY AND YOU WERE SEEING THESE COACHES WORK WITH THE PLAYERS. [LAUGHTER] THE RESPECT LEVEL AMPLIFIED WHEN YOU GET TO SEE IT IN PERSON ON THE FIELD. MATT: ESPECIALLY AFTER THREE HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. SCOTT: YOU’RE RIGHT. THEY WERE ALREADY IN THE CAGE HITTING GETTING READY. LONG BEFORE THE TEAM PHOTO THAT WAS TAKEN. JUSTIN: THEY GOT THEIR WORK AHEAD OF TIME. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT THAT GOES INTO COACHING. I MEAN, IT TAKES A CERTAIN KIND OF INDIVIDUAL TO BE A GREAT COACH. THE INFLUENCE THAT YOU CAN HAVE ON A PLAYER’S CAREER BY BEING A GREAT COACH GOES WITHOUT SAYING. BUT I THINK — SCOTT: ZIMMERMAN LIFTS IT TO CENTER. ACUNA JR. AT THE TRACK. AND STOPS THERE TO MAKE THE CATCH. A LOT OF FLY BALLS DYING AT THE WARNING TRACK TONIGHT. RYAN ZIMMERMAN GAVE THAT ONE A RIDE. NOT ENOUGH. CHRIS MARTIN WITH A 1-2-3 FRAME TO END THE SEVENTH. SCOTT: SO THE BRAVES ARE APPROACHING THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST CROWN. LET’S FLASH BACK TO THEIR EPIC RUN OF DIVISION TITLES STARTING IN 1991.>>BACK GOES JUSTIN. HE’S GOT HIM! AND THE MAGIC NUMBER IS DOWN TO ONE! THE BRAVES HAVE CLINCHED THE TIE FOR FIRST! LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN AGAIN! THE ATLANTA BRAVES HAVE WON THE TABLE AGAINST THE COLORADO ROCKIES!>>HERE HE GOES. HE GOT HIM AND THE BRAVES HAVE CLINCHED THE TOP SPOT IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST. >>HERE COMES THE WINNING RUN! AND THE BRAVES WIN! UNBELIEVABLE! >>AND THE BRAVES ARE THE EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPION.>>THE 1-2. THAT’S IT. AND THE BRAVES HAVE WON THIS ONE. AND NOW THE PITCH. SWUNG, GROUND BALL TO THIRD. SHORT HOP. TAGS. THE RUNNER. AND FOR THE NINTH STRAIGHT TIME, THE ATLANTA BRAVES ARE THE NATIONAL LEAGUE EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS.>>IT’S A PERFECT 10 FOR ATLANTA. 10 STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLES.>>1-2 PITCH COMING. THAT WILL DO IT. SLIDER IN FOR A STRIKE. SMOLTZ GETS THE SAVE. >>UP THE MIDDLE. 13 IN A ROW FOR ATLANTA!>>HERE IT COMES. GROUND BALL SECOND. OR ON TO FIRST! LET THE CELEBRATING BEGIN, FOLKS. 14 CONSECUTIVE DIVISION TIGHT FRLS YOUR ATLANTA BRAVES. THE D — TITLES FOR YOUR ATLANTA BRAVES. AND THAT BANNER HAS ALREADY COME OUT. SCOTT: YEAH, THE BRAVES KNOWSCOO WIN, BUT THE FIRST POST SERIES 1 — POSTSEASON WIN FOR THE BRAVES WAS 2001. IT HAS BEEN 37 SEASONS, SINCE 1981, THE NLDS. THE BRAVES AND THE NATIONALS HAVE WON SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN DIVISION TITLES SINCE 2012, BUT HAVE NOT DONE DAMAGE IN THE POSTSEASON. EARMUFFS FOR ALL THE BRAVES AND NATIONALS FANS, AS YOU CHECK OUT WALT WEISS, THE BENCH COACH WHO PLAYED FOR THE BRAVES. ATLANTA HAS LOST NINE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF ROUNDS AND WASHINGTON HAS LOST IN ALL FOUR ROUNDS THAT THEY HAVE MADE IT TO THE POSTSEASON IN THOSE ROUNDS SINCE 2012. YOU ADD IT UP, THERE IS NOT MUCH WINNING IN OCTOBER FOR THESE TEAMS LATELY, BUT MAYBE THAT WILL CHANGE THIS OCTOBER. HUNTER STRICKLAND GETTING TO GO IN THE EIGHTH INNING. MATT, YOU ARE NOT SMILING. MATT: THOSE ARE SHOCKING NUMBERS FOR A BRAVES GUY. WE LOVE TO MAKE FUN OF THE NATIONALS FOR NOT GETTING OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS. WE MADE FUN OF THEM ABOUT THE STRASBURG THING. THEY HAD BRYCE HARPER, ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC PLAYERS, AND THEY COULD NOT GET OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND. THE BRAVES HAVE NOT BEEN OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND FOR 17 YEARS. YOU THINK ABOUT THAT AS AN ORGANIZATION, ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO WITH RYAN SNITKER — BRIAN SNITKER. IT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS TO SEE THAT NUMBER. I WAS LIKE, IS THIS RIGHT? 17 YEARS? THAT 37 YEAR THING IS OUT THERE, BUT I KNEW THAT WAS OUT THERE. THIS BRAVES THING THAT SNUCK UP ON ME. JUSTIN: WHEN YOU ARE A NATIONAL SPAN, YOU COUNT — A NATIONALS FAN, YOU COUNT EVERYTHING AS STARTING IN 2005. NOT EVERYONE THERE IS AN EXPOS FAN. MATT: STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN TO THE FIRST ROUND SINCE 2005. JUSTIN: IT SOUNDS LIKE KARMA FOR MAKING FUN OF THE NATS. MATT: THEY WON THOSE 14 STRAIGHT, AND 2005 WAS THE END OF THAT 14 STRAIGHT. I HAVE TO CONFESS SOMETHING FOR YOU. I WAS THERE FOR MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS. MY FIRST YEAR WAS 2006. JUSTIN: SO YOU WERE THE GOOD LUCK CHARM? MATT: I WAS THE BAD LUCK CHARM. WE CAME IN THE SAME YEAR. WE STAYED QUITE A FEW YEARS AFTER. THEY HAVEN’T FIGURED IT OUT YET THAT ONE OF US THREE IS THE CURSE. JUSTIN: MAYBE THIS IS THEIR YEAR. I THINK THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO BREAK THAT STREAK. SCOTT: A LITTLE SPINNER TO LEFT. THAT WILL FALL. THAT IS A BASE HIT AND HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT. HE HAS REACHED BASE THREE TIMES. YOU LEFT THE TEAM IN 2012? WHEN DID THE BRAVES GET TO THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN? MATT: I WAS ON THAT TEAM. I WAS TECHNICALLY ON THAT 2012 WILD-CARD TEAM. WE LOST ON THE INFIELD FLY GAME. THEN THEY WENT TO 2013, THEY LOST TO THE DODGERS, THEN THE DODGERS AGAIN IN 2018. THE WAY IT MATCHES UP FOR THE BRAVES, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO PLAY THE DODGERS. IF THE SEASON ENDS TODAY, THEY PLAY THE CARDINALS. BUT THEY ARE SO HOT NOW, TOO, WHO WANTS TO PLAY THEM? THEY HAVE A HEALTHY MARCELL OZUNA. WHOEVER THE BRAVES PLAY IS GOING TO BE A BATTLE FOR THEM. BUT IF THEY OVERCOME IT AND THIS YOUNG COURT PICKS UP — THIS YOUNG CORE PICKS UP CONFIDENCE, THAT IS WHEN BEAST BECOMES A NICKNAME EVERYONE KNOWS WITH RONALD ACUNA. THAT IS WHEN DANSBY SWANSON HITS THE OPPO BALL THAT SOLIDIFIES HIS PLACE AS A SHORTSTOP. THAT IS WHY FREDDIE FREEMAN AND ANTHONY RENDON, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE QUIET, DO NOT HAVE THAT NATIONAL RESPECT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS. JUSTIN: WINNING IN POSTSEASON BASEBALL MAKES YOU A HOUSEHOLD NAME. EVERYONE KNOWS WHO ERIC D — WHO DEREK JETER IS. SCOTT: THERE IS ONLY ONE MIKE TROUT. NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES, YOU ARE GOING TO KNOW HIM. JUSTIN: NOBODY TALKS ABOUT TROUT. EVERYONE IS USUALLY IN BED ON THE EAST COAST WHEN HE IS PLAYING, BUT HE HAS BEEN GREAT THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE IS ALIGNING HIMSELF UP TO GET ANOTHER A.L. M.V.P. THIS SEASON. SCOTT: ALEX BREGMAN IS GIVING THEM A LATE RUN, TOO. HE IS ON A ROLL FOR HOUSTON. TYLER FLOWERS, IN ON THE HANDS, AND THAT IS ONE AT FIRST. MOVING UP TO SECOND IS MATT JOYCE. THE MLB BALLPARK APP WILL COMPLETE YOUR VISIT TO YOUR FAVORITE TEAM’S PARK. REDEEM SPECIAL CHECK IN OFFERS, ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, AND MUCH MORE. DOWNLOAD THE MLB BALLPARK APP NOW. THE DODGERS OR GAMES BETTER THAN THE BRAVES FOR BEST RECORD IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE LEAD AGAINST THE METS. THE NATIONALS THINKING ABOUT LOCKING DOWN THAT FIRST WILD-CARD POSITION. THEY LEAD THE CUBS IN THE BREWERS. THE CUBS WIN TODAY, 17-8 OVER THE PIRATES. THE CUBS STARTING A 10 GAME HOMESTAND. THAT IS SHANE GREENE IN THE BULLPEN FOR ATLANTA. THE BREWERS TRAILING THE CARDINALS 4-0 IN THE FOURTH INNING. MATT: IT IS SCOREBOARD WATCHING SEASON. JUSTIN: DEFINITELY. I AM DOING IT RIGHT HERE. THE BREWERS ARE IN TROUBLE. YELICH’S INJURY WAS A MAJOR BLOW TO THEIR CHANCES. BUT THEY TALKED ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT. THE TEAM DEFINITELY HAS SOME RESOLVE. THEY WILL GIVE IT THEIR BEST. BUT MY OPINION, I THINK THEY WILL BE IN TROUBLE. SCOTT: WE TALKED ABOUT RAINY COMING OFF THE FIELD WITH THE ADRENALINE. THE LINE DRIVE OFF THE INNER ANKLE WILL HURT. AS SOON AS THE ADRENALINE OF LOSING TO CHRISTIAN YELICH WEARS OFF, IT COULD BE THE END OF THE BREWERS PLAYOFF RUN. I AGREE WITH YOU. THERE IS A LOT TO OVERCOME IF YOU ARE THE BREWERS. BUT THEY DO HAVE THE EASIEST SCHEDULE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE THE REST OF THE YEAR. THE SCHEDULE COULD COME BACK TO HELP THEM IN A MAJOR WAY. JUSTIN: HEALTHY 2-0 HACK FROM DANSBY THERE. SCOTT: THERE IS YOUR N.L. WILD-CARD STANDING. NATIONALS THREE UP ON THE CUBS. THEY WIN TODAY, SO THEY ARE A HALF GAME UP ON MILWAUKEE. THAT WILL BE A FULL GAME IF THE BREWERS FAULT OF THE CARDINALS. METS TRAILING AGAINST LOS ANGELES. THAT COULD SET THEM FURTHER BACK. THIS COULD BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR THE CUBS BECAUSE YESTERDAY THE TOP FIVE TEAMS FOR THE N.L. WILD-CARD ALL WERE VICTORIOUS. EVERY TEAM ON THAT LIST WON YESTERDAY, EXCEPT FOR THE DIAMONDBACKS WHO ARE FADING OUT. THE BREWERS HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN HOT. THEY HAVE BEEN PART OF THAT MIX FOR A WHILE. THERE SCHEDULE IS REALLY EASY COMING UP. YES, THEY HAVE THE CARDINALS, THEN AFTER THAT THEY HAVE BELOW .500 GAMES FOR THE SEASON. THEY HAVE THE PADRES FOR FOUR, THE PIRATES, THE REDS, AND COLORADO. NO ONE WANTS TO FINISH A SEASON AT COLORADO BECAUSE IT IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF BASEBALL, BUT I THINK THE BREWERS WOULD NOT TRADE SCHEDULES WITH ANYONE DOWN THE STRETCH. JUSTIN: I KNOW THE BREWERS WOULD NOT. MATT: THE BREWERS HITTERS DO. JUSTIN: THEY HAVE THEIR BATTING GLOVES READY. MATT: THE WORST THING I EVER DID IN COLORADO WAS HIT A TRIPLE. I DON’T THINK I RECOVERED FOR THREE DAYS. JUSTIN: IN HOUSTON, THEY HAVE THE OXYGEN TANK. I ASKED THE TRAINER IF I COULD HAVE THAT AND THEY SAID NO. MATT: THE OXYGEN TANK WAS ALWAYS THERE. JUSTIN: THE YOUNG GUY WAS NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT. I WAS GASPING FOR AIR. MATT: YOU HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN, APPARENTLY? [APPLAUSE] — [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: SWANSON DOES NOT GO AROUND. JOYCE IS ON SECOND. HEIDI, GIVE US MORE ON THE NATIONALS’ REMAINING SCHEDULE AND HOW OCTOBER WILL LOOK. HEIDI: THE NATIONALS HAVE THIS TOUGH SERIES AGAINST THE BRAVES THIS WEEKEND. A PRETTY TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR THEM. I WAS TALKING TO SANTANGELO, AND HE WAS SAYING THE ONE TEAM THE NATIONALS DO NOT WANT TO FACE IN THE WILD-CARD GAME ARE IS THE NEW YORK METS. THEY ARE LOSING TO THE DODGERS, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN HOT OF LATE. THEY HAVE JACOB DEGROM. THAT WOULD PRESENT A CHALLENGE. EVERY OTHER TEAM IN THIS RACE, THEY THINK THEY COULD HANDLE. BUT OTHER THAN THE MARLINS, THEY ARE FACING CONTENDERS AS THEY HEAD DOWN THE STRETCH IN THIS ONE. SCOTT: IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY FOR THE NATIONALS TO HOLD THAT NUMBER ONE SPOT. THAT IS DOWNSTAIRS TO PINCH HITTER RAFAEL ORTEGA. FOR WASHINGTON, THREE ATLANTA, INCLUDING TONIGHT, THREE AT ST. LOUIS, THREE AT MIAMI, FIVE AGAINST THE PHILLIES, AND THREE TO FINISH AGAINST CLEVELAND. THAT COULD BE AN INTERLEAGUE PLAY OFF-ISH SERIES TO FINISH THE YEAR, BECAUSE THE INDIANS WILL BE FIGHTING FOR THEY HOPE A DIVISION, BUT AT LEAST A WILD-CARD. MATT: TALKING ABOUT NOT PLAYING IN COORS FIELD AT THE END OF THE SEASON, HOW ABOUT HAVING TO END YOUR SEASON IN A PENNANT RACE IN INTERLEAGUE BALL, A DIFFERENT STYLE THAN YOUR TEAM IS BUILT FOR? JUSTIN: YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU HAVE YOUR LINEUP. THE PITCHERS MAY OR MAY NOT HIT. ARE THEY HOME? THEY ARE HOME. THAT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC. MATT: IT HURTS CLEVELAND. JUSTIN: DOES HE WANT THE PITCHERS GOING UP TO BAT? ABSOLUTELY NOT. IT IS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT. SCOTT: HERE IS THE RECORD AGAINST POSTSEASON CONTENDERS. THE BRAVES LEAD THIS SEASON SERIES 9-7. YOU CAN SEE ATLANTA HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AGAINST THE CARDINALS, THE CUBS. THE DODGERS HOLD THAT SEASON SERIES 4-2. EVEN IF THESE TEAMS FINISH WITH IDENTICAL RECORDS, THE DODGERS WOULD HAVE THE EDGE IN HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE. THEY NEED TO FINISH A GAME AHEAD. THE NATIONALS STRUGGLED AGAINST THE METS THIS YEAR, 7-12 AGAINST THEM. ORTEGA FOULS THAT BACK. IT IS 2-2. JUSTIN: YOU LOOK AT THAT RECORD, THAT IS WHERE THE N.L. EAST WILL HAVE BEEN WON. THE METS WERE OWNED BY THE BRAVES THIS YEAR, AND THE NATIONALS WERE BAD AGAINST THE METS. THE BRAVES WON THIS DIVISION AGAINST THE METS THIS YEAR WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT HEAD-TO-HEAD SCHEDULE. I WOULD LIKE TO REACH OUT TO BRAVES FANS WHO WHEN I STILL PICK THE DODGERS TO WIN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT AND THEY ARE LIKE, YOU ARE NOT GIVING US OUR LOVE, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE DODGERS WORK .500 AGAINST THE BRAVES AND THE NATIONALS. IT IS NOT THAT I DON’T WANT THEM TO WIN, I JUST THINK THE DODGERS ARE REALLY GOOD. THEY WERE BACKING IT UP. JUSTIN: YOU WERE NOT FAR OFF. THAT SHOWS YOU, THEY WILL HAVE THE BEST RECORD. IT HAS BEEN INSANE AT WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO, DESPITE THE INJURIES THEY HAVE HAD. MATT: A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THE PITCHING. RYU HAS NOT LOOKS LIKE RYU. KERSHAW HAS HAD A COUPLE TOUGH ONCE. HE WAS DOING PRETTY GOOD TONIGHT IN THE LEAD OVER THE METS. SCOTT: ORTEGA SMACKS IT TO THE RIGHT-FIELD CORNER, AND HE IS IN HIS NEST. THIS SHOULD SCORE — HE IS IN BUSINESS. THIS SHOULD SCORE TWO. THAT WILL SCORE ONE FOR ATLANTA. JOYCE COMES IN. SWANSON HELD UP AT THIRD. JUSTIN: THAT WAS A GOOD HOLD. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A CLOSE PLAY, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE BEAST COMING UP. I GOT YOU. SCOTT: R.B.I. DOUBLE FOR ORTEGA. THAT WAS RIPPED DOWN THE RIGHT-FIELD LINE. MATT: ANY TIME A CATCHER GOES TO RAISE HIS GLOVE ON A TWO-SEAMER, THAT IS NOT A GOOD SPOT. YAN GOMES WILL RAISE HIS GLOVE JUST A LITTLE BIT. ORTEGA JUST GETS BY HEAD OUT AND WHIPS IT INTO THE CORNER. THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTE MISSILE. ALMOST HIT TOO HARD TO SCORE TWO RUNS. JUSTIN: DANSBY WAS MOVING THE WHOLE WAY. THAT IS HOW YOU WANT TO RUN THE BASES. SCOTT: DAVE MARTINEZ IS GOING TO MAKE A DOUBLE SWITCH. HUNTER STRICKLAND’S DAY IS DONE. AGAIN, UNSUCCESSFUL. TWO OF HIS LAST THREE APPEARANCES HAVE NOT GONE WELL. STRICKLAND PITCHED A SCORELESS SEVEN INNING IN LAST NIGHT’S WIN AGAINST MINNESOTA, BUT SATURDAY AGAINST ATLANTA, HE ALLOWED THREE RUNS, TWO HOMERS, IN HIS ONE INNING OF WORK. HE LEAVES THIS GAME WITH A MESS ON HIS HANDS. JAVIER GUERRA WILL INTO THE FOLD. PLAY BALL IS MLB’S INITIATIVE TO INSPIRE ALL FORMS OF BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PARTICIPATION, MAKING PLAY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AND FUN FOR EVERYONE. TO FIND A YOUTH ORGANIZATION NEAR YOU, GO TO PLAYBALL.ORG. IN THE POSTSEASON CHASE, EVERY PLAY MATTERS, AND THE MLB AT BAT APP DELIVERS WITH LIVE BASEBALL ON YOUR FAVORITE DEVICES. FOLLOW THE RACES TO POSTSEASON CLENCHES WITH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, UP-TO-THE-MINUTE STANDINGS, AND MUCH MORE. DOWNLOAD MLB AT BAT TODAY. 5-0 BRAVES. THEY ARE OUT HITTING THE NATIONALS 11-1. HAVE WE EMPHASIZED THAT ENOUGH? THE NATIONALS HAVE ONE HIT TONIGHT. JUSTIN: I THINK IT IS THE EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP. THE BRAVES GOT IN LATER, SO THEY GOT TO CLOSE THEIR EYES EARLIER. SCOTT: THAT IS HELPFUL, ISN’T IT? MATT: WE WERE ASKING SNITKER HOW TIRED HIS GROUP WAS, AND HE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING OTHER THAN COME OUT WHEN WE LANDED AND GOT ON THE BUS, THEIR GAME WAS ENDING. HE KNEW THEY HAD THE SLEEP. THE NATIONALS DID SEND MAX SCHERZER A DAY AHEAD. HE HAD HIS NORMAL REST. IN TERMS OF AN OFFENSE, WHEN YOU SEE A CLUNKER LIKE THIS, YOU HAVE TO TIP YOUR HAT TO SOROKA. THE KID PITCHED AMAZINGLY WELL. WHEN IT IS ONE HIT BY AN OFFENSE LIKE THE NATIONALS, YOU ALSO LOOK FOR OTHER REASONS. IT REMINDS ME OF THE FIRST DAYS ON THE TRIPLE-A TRIPS WHEN YOU HAVE TO LEAVE EVERY MORNING AT 4:00 IN THE MORNING. JUSTIN: DON’T BE LATE FOR THE BUS BECAUSE THE COMMERCIAL FLIGHT LEAVES AT 6:00 A.M. MATT: SOMETIMES I WISH I WOULD HAVE STAYED HOME ON THOSE DAYS. WE EXPERIMENT WITH ALL DIFFERENT WAYS TO SLEEP. ONE OF OUR VETERAN GUYS WHO HAD BEEN IN TRIPLE-A A LONG TIME SAID, DON’T SLEEP FIRST DAY. WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOU TRY TO NAP ON THE PLANE, POWER THROUGH THE FIRST DAY WITH A BUNCH OF COFFEE, THEN YOU ARE BACK ON REGULAR SLEEP. THAT DID NOT WORK FOR ME, SKIPPING A WHOLE DAY OF SLEEP. SLEEP IS IMPORTANT. WE ARE STARTING TO QUANTIFY THAT. WE SAW A NAP ROOM IN THE NATIONALS LOCKER ROOM. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO QUANTIFY HOW MUCH SLEEP YOU NEED. THAT MAN WAS TRYING TO GET A NAP TODAY, BUT HE NEEDED TO GET 18 PITCHER. — THEY NEEDED TO GET A TEAM PITCHER. SCOTT: DAVE MARTINEZ MUST BE FEELING IT AT THIS POINT. MATT: NO OFFENSE TO US, WE ARE AWESOME, BUT I WOULD NOT MEET WITH US IF I WAS HIM. HE TALKED TO US GRACIOUSLY FOR 30 MINUTES. IT WAS A GREAT CONVERSATION. JUSTIN: VERY NICE. HE HAD THE STORY, TOO. THAT WAS HILARIOUS. MATT: HE TOLD THAT STORY EARLIER. WADE BOGGS RUNNING ACROSS THE PITCHERS MOUND BECAUSE DAVEY MARTINEZ TOUCHED HIS SUPERSTITIOUS BAT. IT IS AN IMAGE I CAN TOTALLY PICTURE. JUSTIN: AND THE VISITING CLUB WAS PROBABLY STILL ON THE FIELD STRETCHING, SO THEY WERE LIKE, WHAT IS GOING ON? SCOTT: THE BEAST IS UP HERE. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN CEMENT HIS NICKNAME. AT LEAST HIS YOUTUBE NICKNAME. TWO IN SCORING POSITION FOR RONALD ACUNA JR. RAFAEL ORTEGA ON SECOND. NEW PITCHER, HOBBY GUERRA, AND A NEW FIRST BASEMEN, HOWIE KENDRICK, REPLACING ZIMMERMAN ON THE DOUBLE SWITCH. GUERRA PITCHED A SCORELESS INNING. SCORELESS INNING IN THE NINTH FROM GUERRA LAST NIGHT IN MINNEAPOLIS. E.R.A. CLOSE TO 5.00 IN A 34 APPEARANCES THIS YEAR. JUSTIN: GOOD TAKE. SCOTT: ACUNA JR. WITH A SINGLE BACK IN THE FIFTH, AND HE SCORED. JUSTIN: THIS BALL IS JUST AT THE TOP OF THE ZONE. MAYBE A STRIKE EARLIER, BUT I THINK THE BEAST IS READY-TO-EAT RIGHT HERE. SCOTT: HE CERTAINLY WAS. HE WAS SWINGING — HE BLOWS A BUBBLE MOST TIMES. I DON’T KNOW IF HE HAS GUM IN HIS MOUTH, BY THE TIME THE BUBBLE POPS, HE WAS SWINGING. HE MADE UP HIS MIND, HE WAS NOT TAKING THAT PITCHED. JUSTIN: IKE TELL MY 12-YEAR-OLD TEAM, IF YOU HAVE A HITTER — I TELL MICHAEL BUREAU TEAM, IF YOU HAVE A HITTER’S COUNT, CASH I — I TELL MY 12 YEAR OLD TEAM, IF YOU HAVE A HITTER’S COUNT, DON’T BE TARDY TO THE PARTY. SCOTT: THAT IS GOOD FOR YOU GUYS, TOO, IF YOU GO HOME. MATT: A NASTY SINKER FROM GUERRA. THE BALL RAN IN ON THE BEAST’S HANDS. SCOTT: HE WAS DOING SOME CHASING THE LAST TWO PITCHES. MATT: GETTING A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE. STARTING TO WONDER IN THIS GAME, HE WOULD LIKE TO GET TO 40 HOME RUNS. JUSTIN: HE HAD IT ON HIS MIND THERE. SCOTT: OZZIE ALBIES WITH A HOME RUN THE LAST TIME TO THE PLATE. HE IS 3-4 TONIGHT. THERE IS FIRST BASE OPEN, AND HE WILL GET IT. AN INTENTIONAL WALK. AND CHARLIE CULBERSON ON THE THREE SPOT BECAUSE HE REPLACED FREDDIE FREEMAN. JUSTIN: YOU HAVE TO PUT THE NATS KILLER ON THERE. HE HAS BEEN TORCHING THEM OF LATE. FREDDIE FREEMAN WAS PULLED MID GAME TODAY. NOT A DAY OFF. HE WAS PULLED RIGHT BEFORE WE WENT ON AIR. SCOTT: ELBOW SMARTNESS — ELBOW SORENESS IN HIS RIGHT ELBOW. MATT: TO ME, THAT IS A SWING. WE SAW THAT WITH MATT ADAMS. THEY ARE CHECKING HIM OUT. I THINK THEY WILL GET HIM ON I.L. FREDDIE FREEMAN’S RIGHT ELBOW. JUSTIN: THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE CHECKED SWINGS IN THE UNCOMFORTABLE AT-BATS AGAINST SCHERZER. MAYBE THE PITCH DOWN THAT HE CRICKETED. THE CHANGEUP. SCOTT: THAT IS A WICKED GOOGLY. THAT IS A CRICKET TERM. IT COULD BE CONCERNING NEWS FOR BRAVES FANS. THEY ARE ABLE TO PLAY IT VERY SAFE WITH FREDDIE BECAUSE THE BRAVES ARE ON THEIR WAY TO CLINCHING THE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP. BUT FREEMAN HAS MISSED ONE GAME ALL YEAR. LAST YEAR, HE PLAYED IN ALL 162. YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE THEY WILL GIVE HIM A BREATHER. MATT: IF THEY WIN THIS GAME, THAT WOULD BE 9.5 IN THE DIVISION. I WOULD NOT ANTICIPATE HIM TOMORROW. BUT IF I AM A BRAVES FAN AND I DON’T SEE FREDDIE FREEMAN IN THE LINEUP ON SUNDAY, I START TO WORRY BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW MUCH PRIDE HE TAKES BEING THERE EVERY DAY. SUNDAY IS A DAY GAME. IF THEY WIN TOMORROW AND GO UP BY EVEN MORE, MAYBE SNICKER CAN TIE HIM DOWN — MAYBE SNITKER CAN TIE HIM DOWN. BUT IF I DON’T SEE HIM SUNDAY, I WOULD START QUESTIONING THINGS. JUSTIN: KEEP US ALL POSTED. SCOTT: HUNTER STRICKLAND CREATED THIS JAM, AND JAVY GUERRA GETS HIM OUT OF IT. A LOT OF TRAFFIC FOR ATLANTA IN THE EIGHTH. THEY DO GET A RUN. RAFAEL ORTEGA WITH AN R.B.I. DOUBLE. HE BRINGS HOME MATT JOYCE. IT IS A GOOD CUSHION FOR THE BRAVES HEADING INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH. GUERRA DOES HIS JOB, PICKS UP A STRIKEOUT. AND THE BRAVES LEAD IT FIVE RUNS, 11 HITS. THE NATIONALS, ONE HIT SO FAR TONIGHT AGAINST ATLANTA PITCHING. TIME NOW FOR THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY.>>FLY BALL, WELL HIT, DEEP LEFT FIELD. IT IS GOING TO BE THE 500TH HOME RUN OF A BRILLIANT MAJOR-LEAGUE CAREER. FREDDIE TOMLINSON HAS DONE IT.>>A MARVELOUS PLAYER.>>NUMBER 57, WHO HAS 57 SAVES, COMES OUT OF THE ANGELS PEN.>>NOW HE HAS TO FACE THE DANGEROUS SUZUKI. ANGELS FANS HOPING TO SEE HISTORY. SWUNG ON, CHOPPER UP THE MIDDLE. RODRIGUEZ HAS IT. AND THEY GET THE FIRST OUT OF THE NINTH INNING.>>AND HERE IS VALENTIN. SLIDER, STRUCK HIM OUT. ONE OUT AWAY FROM HISTORY.>>WOULDN’T IT BE SPECIAL TO DO A STRIKEOUT.>>RAUL IBANEZ, SWUNG ON AND MISSED. HE STRUCK HIM OUT. THE SINGLE-SEASON SAVE RECORD BELONGS TO FREDDIE RODRIGUEZ. HE NAILS DOWN NUMBER 58 ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2008.>>MOVE OVER, BOBBY, FRANKIE IS IN TOWN.>>MARIANO RIVERA TAKING OVER.>>WILL HE BE MR. 600?>>PENA WILL LEAD THINGS OFF.>>HE STRUCK HIM OUT SWINGING, ONE AWAY.>>HERE IS KYLE SEAGER. HE IS ONE OUT AWAY FROM SAVE NUMBER 600.>>THE WINNING RUN PITCHED. IN TIME. HE GETS HIS 600 SAVE. ONLY THE SECOND MAN IN HISTORY TO REACH THAT LEVEL. SCOTT: THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD DAY, SEPTEMBER 13. WE HAD FRANK ROBINSON’S 500 HOME RUN, WE SAW K-OD PICK UP THE SINGLE SEASON SAVES RECORD, AND MARIANO RIVERA WITH SAVE NUMBER 500. THERE IS FRANK’S NAME. MLB TV IS AVAILABLE AT A LOWER PRICE. WATCH EVERY OUT OF MARKET REGULAR SEASON GAME LIVE OR ON-DEMAND AND RECEIVE ACCESS TO MLB AT BAT PREMIUM. VISIT MLB.TV FOR DETAILS. JUSTIN: DID YOU EVER HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET MARIANO RIVERA? MATT: 2012, SPRING TRAINING. I HAD MET HIM A COUPLE TIMES BEFORE GAMES. WE WERE INVOLVED IN SIMILAR OFF-SEASON INTERESTS. HE IS A CLASS ACT. JUSTIN: CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER MAN. SUCH AN INCREDIBLE CAREER. BUT HE IS NOT ONLY A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER, HE IS A GREAT HUMAN BEING. MATT: ONE OF THE GREATEST ALL-TIME. HE IS A BETTER PERSON THAN PLAYER. SCOTT: THIS MAN WAS CLOSING GAMES FOR THE TIGERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR AND MADE THE ALL-STAR GAME. THAT SKIPS PAST MARKAKIS. ROBLES CAN FLY, BUT HE WILL END UP AT SECOND. IF THAT BALL HAD MORE MUSTARD ON IT, IT COULD HAVE TURNED INTO AN INSIDE THE PARKER. MARKAKIS RECOVERS QUICKLY. I CAN SAY WE CAN GIVE HIM A PASS. HE HAS NOT DONE MUCH LEFT FIELD IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD. JUSTIN: HE GOT A GOOD JUMP ON THE BALL, BUT IT SANK TOO EARLY. HE HAD A GOOD REACTION, IT JUST WENT PAST HIM. SCOTT: A LEADOFF DOUBLE FOR ROBLES OFF SHANE GREENE. MATT: THE TOPSPIN LOG SKIPS UNDER THE GLOVE. ROBLES DOES NOT THINK HE HAS A HIT. HE WOULD PROBABLY BE ON THIRD RIGHT THERE IF HE DID NOT LOAF AROUND THIRD OR A SECOND. YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO RISK IT, BUT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN THERE STANDING UP IF HE HUSTLED. 1 SCOTT: IF YOU ARE DAVE MARTINEZ, ARE YOU GOING TO SAY ANYTHING TO HIM TONIGHT? MATT: MAYBE NOT THIS GAME CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT I THINK HE DEFINITELY THOUGHT IT WAS AN OUT. SCOTT: THAT IS TO THIRD, DONALDSON ON THE MOVE FOR OUT NUMBER ONE. MATT: BUT IDEALLY, YES, YOU WANT TO HUSTLE AT ALL TIMES. I HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF THAT MANY TIMES. SOMETHING HAPPENS AND YOU DON’T MAKE THE PLAY AND EVERYONE WONDERS IF HE HAS SUCH GREAT SPEED, WHERE IS HE AT? THEY WILL NEVER DO THAT TO THE SLOW GUY. HEY, SLOW GUY, WHY WEREN’T YOU ON THIRD? MATT: THE ONE ADVANTAGE TO BEING SLOW IN BASEBALL. WHEN YOU DID NOT END UP ON THIRD, EVERYONE WAS MAD AT YOU. JUSTIN: EXACTLY. SCOTT: JUSTIN, WITH GREAT SPEED COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. JUSTIN: ONE TIME I GOT PULLED FROM A GAME. I HIT A FLY BALL, THOUGHT IT WAS GONE, TOOK MY TIME RUNNING. IT WASN’T GONE. I TELL MY TEAM, YOU WILL NEVER GET YELLED AT FOR HUSTLING. NO ONE WILL SAY, WHY ARE YOU RUNNING SO HARD? NO ONE WILL TELL YOU THAT. SCOTT: SHANE GREENE, A 1.49 E.R.A.. WITH THE TIGERS, 1.18. TRADED AT THE DEADLINE. HE HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME, BUT HE HAS BEEN BETTER LATELY. EIGHT SCORELESS EIGHTH INNING IN THE BRAVES GAME ON WEDNESDAY WAS THE LAST TIME WE SAW HIM. JUSTIN: WHEN YOU LOOK AT SHANE GREENE’S STUFF, THE BALL MOVES SO MUCH. I THINK THE BRAVES DID A GREAT JOB ACQUIRING THIS GUY WHEN HE DID. HE WAS ON A TEAM THAT WAS ESSENTIALLY GOING NOWHERE. TO ELEVATE HIM TO A PLAYOFF TEAM WITH SUCH A GREAT FAN BASE, I KNOW SHANE GREENE IS EXCITED TO BE WEARING THE BRAVES UNIFORM AS OPPOSED TO THE TIGERS’. MATT: WHEN THEY ACQUIRED HIM, HE STRUGGLED . HE HAS A 1.20 E.R.A. HE ONLY WALKED THREE. IT WAS A HARD LANDING. FOR ALMOST ALL THREE OF THEIR BIG ACQUISITIONS AT THE BREAK, SNITKER HAS FOUND WHERE THEY ALL BAT. I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT AT THE TRADE DEADLINE THAT HE WOULD EMERGE AS THE CLOSER, BUT HE TRULY HAS. JUSTIN: CHECKED. SCOTT: HE WENT AROUND. TIM TIMMONS AT FIRST BASE. JUSTIN: I THINK THAT CALL HAD TO DO WITH MORE OF THE BODY MOVEMENT THAN TO THE BARREL. THIS IS A HARD CALL TO MAKE. THAT IS ABOUT EVEN WITH THE FRONT EDGE OF THE PLATE. WHAT IS THE RULE, IF IT BREAKS THE FRONT PLANE, IT IS A SWING? MATT: IT IS IF THE FIRST-BASE UMPIRE FEELS HE MADE AN ATTEMPT TO HIT THE BALL, WHICH IS EVERY TIME I STEPPED ON THE BATTER’S BOX. TO BE HONEST, THAT IS A TOUGH ONE. SCOTT: AND THAT IS QUITE THE GRAB FROM CHARLIE CULBERSON AT FIRST BASE. LOOKING LIKE THE GOLD GLOVER THAT HE REPLACED IN FREDDIE FREEMAN. CULBERSON MAKES THE SECOND OUT. JUSTIN: WHAT A GREAT PLAY BY CHARLIE, SHOWING US HIS VERSATILITY. A GUY WHO CAN PITCH, PLAY GREAT SHORTSTOP, AND PLAY GREAT FIRST BASE. SCOTT: WE HAVE SEEN MEAN STOPS AT FIRST BASE TONIGHT. JUSTIN: CHARLIE THROWING IT LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT, THAT IS A GREAT PLAY. SCOTT: IT LOOKS LIKE TIM BOGAR IS OUT OF THIS GAME, I HAVE TO IMAGINE. MATT: USUALLY WHEN AN ASSISTANT COACH IS YELLING LIKE THAT, IT MEANS HE HAS ALREADY BEEN THROWN OUT. SCOTT: DAVE MARTINEZ RINGING HIM BACK. — DAVE MARTINEZ BRINGING HIM BACK. A CALL TO THE DUGOUT FOR A NEW FIRST BASE COACH. CHIP HALE, THE BENCH COACH, TAKING OVER. MATT: CHIP LOOKS THRILLED TO BE PUTTING ON THE HELMET. SCOTT: SCOTT: FORMER DIAMONDBACKS MANAGER. JUSTIN: HE IS GOING HAPPEN UNDER THE HARDHAT. SCOTT: BOGAR MIGHT HAVE A BETTER MELON. JUSTIN: I DON’T THINK THEY CREDITED CHIP HALE. THE SEASON DID NOT EXPECT HIM TO BE OUT THERE AT FIRST BASE ANYTIME. MATT: I HAVE CROSSED PATHS WITH THAT MAN MANY TIMES AND ALWAYS WALKED AWAY GLAD I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HIM. HE IS A BASEBALL GUY. SCOTT: THIS WAS THE ACTUAL TOSS. JUSTIN: IT LOOKS LIKE TIM GAVE HIM FAIR WARNING. HE SAID, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AGAIN, AND HE DID. HE SAID THE MAGIC WORD. MATT: WHICH WAS ANYTHING. JUSTIN: PRETTY MUCH. SCOTT: WHICH WAS, HE SLEPT THREE HOURS TONIGHT. HE NEEDS A NAP. JUSTIN: I AM TIRED, TIM. SCOTT: BOGAR WISHES HE HAD DONE THAT IN THE SECOND INNING. WE HAVE SEEN THESE NATIONALS COME BACK FROM EIGHT MONSTER DEFICIT RECENTLY. THAT WAS TWO MAX SCHERZER STARTS AGO. IT WAS LATE IN THE GAME, LOOKS VERY BLEAK AGAINST THE METS, AND THEY CAME ALL THE WAY BACK. JUSTIN: I WAS HERE FOR THAT GAME. SCOTT: LAST WEEK ON TUESDAY, DOWN SIX RUNS IN THE NINTH INNING, AND THEY WIN IN WALKOFF FASHION. KURT SUZUKI WITH THE RUN OFF OF EDWIN DIAZ. ALTHOUGH THEY LOST THE NEXT DAY. HOW MUCH MOMENTUM DO THEY HAVE? AS MUCH AS YOUR NEXT DAY’S STARTING PITCHER. JUSTIN: THAT IS WHY BASEBALL IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL GAME. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN ON ANY GIVEN DAY. YOU CAN HAVE A STACKED LINEUP, BUT IF YOU DON’T SCORE RUNS, PITCH WELL, YOU DON’T WIN. SCOTT: I HAVE BEEN HEARINGS LOTS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE CUBS NOT BEING ABLE TO SCORE RUNS, ESPECIALLY GETTING THE RUNNERS INTO SCORING POSITION WITH TWO OUTS. THEY SCORED 17 TODAY. THAT IS WHY THE WILD-CARD IS LITERALLY A WILD-CARD. THE NATIONALS SHOULD WIN THE WILD-CARD GAME. THEY ARE HOSTING ACTUAL SURE ON THE MOUND. BUT JUST SAY IT IS THE METS. THEN YOU HAVE ASSURED HER, TO — YOU HAVE SCHERZER, DEGROM. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. JUSTIN: AS A FAN, I AM SO HAPPY THE IMPLEMENTED THAT. IT MAKES IT SO EXCITING, TWO TEAMS BATTLING IT OUT FOR THEIR LIVES TOMORROW IN ONE GAME. MATT: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF WE GET TO THE WILD-CARD THIS YEAR WITHOUT HAVING A 163 SCOTT: I HOPE NOT, I LOVE 163. MATT: EVAN LONGORIA DOES AS WELL. SCOTT: TURNER ON THE GROUND SHARPLY. THAT WILL DO IT FOR THE EIGHTH. ON TO THE NINTH. EARLIER THIS YEAR, NATIONALS MASCOT SCREECH HELPED CELEBRATE THE 50TH BIRTHDAY OF THE FIRST HELICOPTERS K-ROD DRENNAN AT JOINT — SQUADRON AT JOINT BASE EDWARDS.>>EARLIER THIS SEASON, SCREECH MADE A SPECIAL VISIT TO JOINT BASE ANDRUS, TAKING FLIGHT — ANDREW, CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH BIRTHDAY. ♪ [RADIO CHATTER]>>IF YOU LOOK DIRECTLY OFF THE NOSE, YOU CAN SEE THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT. [RADIO CHATTER] ♪>>SCREECH, THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT TO THE FIRST HELICOPTER SQUADRON TO CELEBRATE OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY. AND I AM PROUD TO SAY IT YOU EARNED YOUR AIR CREW WINGS. I AM GOING TO PUT THEM RIGHT THERE. YEAH! CONGRATULATIONS. [LAUGHTER] SCOTT: SCREECH, WE ARE HAPPY FOR YOU. TO SEE MORE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, SUBSCRIBED TO THE NATIONALS YOUTUBE CHANNEL. HEIDI: I TALKED WITH JOSH DONALDSON BEFORE THE GAME, AND HE ADMITTED TO ME HE GOT OFF TO A SLOW START THIS SEASON. BUT HE HAS PLAYED SO WELL OF LATE THAT HE TALKED HIS WAY BACK INTO THE M.V.P. DISCUSSION. LAST YEAR, HE HAD SO MANY INJURIES AND WAS TREATED TO THE INDIANS, WAS TRYING TO COME BACK, SO HE TOOK A GAMBLE ON HIMSELF, SIGNED THAT ONE YEAR $23 MILLION DEAL. HE IS POISED TO MAKE A BIG OFF-SEASON SHOWING HE IS HEALTHY AND CAN BE BACK TO THAT FORM. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COMPARISON, WE ARE LOOKING AT TWO OF THE BEST THIRD BASEMEN IN THE LEAGUE. ANTHONY RENDON LEADING ALL OF BASEBALL. 32 HOMERS, 114 R.B.I.’S. BOTH OF THESE GUYS POISED TO MAKE BIG PAYDAYS BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH FREE AGENTS AFTER THIS SEASON. SCOTT: DONALDSON FOULS THE FIRST PITCH BACK. HE WILL BE UN-OLDER FREE-AGENT THAN RENDON — HE WILL BE AN OLDER FREE-AGENT THAN REDON. NATIONALS FANS HAVE BEEN CHANTING SIGN THIS MAN ALL YEAR LONG, AND IT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET. AT THIS POINT, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL HAVE A SHOT TO TALKED ALL 30 TEAMS. DONALDSON RIPS A HIT INTO FIELD, AND THAT IS HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT, THIRD TIME REACHING BASE. HE CONTINUES TO LIGHT UP THE BASEBALL FOR A LONG TIME FOR ATLANTA GOING BACK TO THAT JUNE GAME WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. DONALDSON, RENDON. YOU KNOW WHO ELSE COULD BE A FREE AGENT? STEPHEN STRASBURG. HE CAN OPT OUT OF HIS CONTRACT OR STAY IN THERE FOR FOUR YEARS AND $100 MILLION MORE. BASED ON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE FREE AGENT MARKET, IT LOOKS LIKE HE CAN COMMAND MORE THAN THAT. THERE ARE EIGHT OR NINE TEAMS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY WILL GO AFTER GERRIT COLE. NEWSFLASH — ONLY ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO LAND HIM. THEN, STRASBURG WOULD BE THE NEXT BEST CANDIDATE. MATT: THAT IS AN INTERESTING TWIST. IF YOU ARE THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS, YOU PLAY IT OUT LAST YEAR WITH BRYCE HARPER. SCOTT: THAT IS KENDRICK. JUSTIN: GOOD RECOVERY. SCOTT: HE GETS IT TO GUERRA. MATT: HE PLAYED THIS SEASON OUT WITH BRYCE HARPER, DID NOT GET ANYTHING FOR HIM. PLAYING THE WHOLE SEASON OUT THIS YEAR WITH ANTHONY RENDON. IF HE SIGNS SOMEWHERE ELSE, DID NOT GET ANYTHING. POTENTIALLY STEPHEN STRASBURG. IF YOU LOSE THOSE GUYS IN A TWO-YEAR SPAN, THAT WOULD BE HORRID. SCOTT: IT WOULD BE TOUGH TO WEATHER THAT STORM. LOOK AT THIS PLAY FROM KENDRICK. LATE COVERAGE FROM GUERRA, JUST IN TIME. JUSTIN: I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES HE DID PAP’S AT FIRST BASE, CONCERNING THEIR ROSTER, BUT THAT WAS A GREAT JOB BY A VETERAN GUY. FOR GUERRA TO RUN AROUND HIM TO MAKE THAT PLAY, THAT IS PRETTY GREAT. SCOTT: DID NOT CRASH IMMEDIATELY. I THINK HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET TO THE BALL, THEN THE BALL WENT FURTHER THAN HE THOUGHT IT WOULD. ADAM DUVALL IS THE PITCHER — IS THE HITTER. JUSTIN: I KNOW ALL THAT WASHINGTON FAITHFUL WANT RENDON TO BE WEARING THE CURLY “W” NEXT SEASON. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS BALLPARK, THEY HAVE TO HAVE HIM. HE HAS BEEN SO GREAT. HE IS A HOMEGROWN GUY. THEY DON’T WANT TO LOSE ANOTHER HOMEGROWN GUY. BUT THAT IS THE GUY THEY WANT TO KEEP. SCOTT: I AM NOT PRIVY TO ANY OF THE CONTRACT STUFF, AND I HAVE NOT HEARD ANY RUMORS ABOUT IT, BUT I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF THEY DID NOT OFFER ARENADO MONEY. HE IS ARENADO. HE IS THERE THIRD BASEMAN. THEIR YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT GUY. HIS NUMBERS ARE COMPARABLE. YOU HAVE TO FACTOR IN O.P.S.+, WHICH USES BALLPARK FACTORS AND THE LEAGUE OF FACT. BUT RENDON IS RIGHT THERE WITH ARNOLDO. ARNOLDO HAS THE — RANAUDO HASLIP — ARENADO HAS THE GLOVE ADVANTAGE. SCOTT: POPPED UP. SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HIM, RENDON WITH A SMILE. MATT: THE OTHER PART OF HEIDI’S REPORT WAS JOSH DONALDSON. HE IS AN INTERESTING CASE AS WELL. EVERY 30 PLUS-YEAR-OLD FREE-AGENT THINGS ABOUT HIM TO BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO MISS OUT ON THE NEXT JOSH DONALDSON. HE HAS HAD A GREAT YEAR FOR HIMSELF AND FOR OLDER FREE-AGENTS. I LOVE WHAT HE HAS DONE THIS YEAR. HE WAS THE ORIGINAL LAUNCH ANGLE KING, FIGURED OUT PITCHERS WERE THROWING SINKERS AND LIGHTERS IN THE ZONE, AND FOUND A WAY TO ELEVATE THEM. WATCHING CODY BELLINGER LAST YEAR FROM AFAR WHILE HE WAS ON THE BENCH, I DON’T KNOW HOW HE REALIZED IT. HE HAS MADE THE ADJUSTMENT AND IS GETTING ON TOP OF EDGES. — ON TOP OF PITCHES. THAT WAS A PITCH THAT MOST PEOPLE THAT ARE LAUNCH ANGLE GUYS CANNOT GET TO. HE HAS TAUGHT HIMSELF THIS YEAR TO GET ON TOP OF THAT PITCH. HE IS THE FIRST ONE OF THOSE GUYS TO MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT I HAVE SEEN. JUSTIN: HE IS VERY METICULOUS WITH HIS CRAFT. HE MAKES SURE HIS BODY IS IN THE RIGHT POSITION. YOU CAN SEE HIM ON DECK. HE DOES A THING WHERE HE LIKES TO LOAD HIS SCAP, AND IT MAKES HIM IN POSITION FOR THE BASEBALL. MATT: I HAVE 12-YEAR-OLDS TRY TO LOAD THEIR SCAPS. THEY DON’T HAVE SCAPS YET. I TOLD HIM, JOSH DONALDSON WAS AN UNBELIEVABLE HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE HITTER. HE IS ON THAT NEXT LEVEL STUFF. YOU CANNOT DO WHAT JOSH DONALDSON IS DOING BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT DONE WHAT HE DID. JUSTIN: THE THING WITH THAT, I AM SURE WHEN JOSH WAS COMING UP, HE WAS JUST HUNTING THE BASEBALL. HE WAS PROBABLY NOT THINKING OF WHAT THE BASEBALL WAS DOING. MATT: HE MIGHT HAVE ALWAYS HAD SCAP’S. SCOTT: HE WAS A LATE BLOOMER, DONALDSON. NOT AN INSTANT SUCCESS. FLOWERS WHIFFING ON THE GUERRA SLIDER. JUSTIN: IT TOOK HIM SOME TIME TO GET GOING, BUT ONCE HE FOUND HIMSELF IN OAKLAND, HE HAS BEEN TAKING OFF. HE HAS BEEN ON THAT UPWARD SLOPE. SCOTT: FLOWERS DOWN ON STRIKES. THE LEADOFF HIT FOR DONALDSON, AND GUERRA RETIRES THE NEXT THREE. AND LOOK AT THE TWO THIRD BASEMEN, CHATTING AS IF THEY KNEW WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THEM ON YOUTUBE. ON TO ANOTHER THIRD BASEMAN, MANNY MACHADO HAS AN ARCH ENEMY. HIS NAME IS UBER, THE — IS BLUEBIRD, THE MASCOT.>>THERE ARE FEW THINGS THAT COMPARED TO MASCOTS ANTICS.>>THE MASCOT IN ATLANTA IS BLOOPER.>>YOU SAID YOU ARE LUKEWARM TO BLOOPER.>>THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS CHALLENGE HIM TO JUGGLE.>>YOU ARE A STAR. JUST SIGN RIGHT THERE ON THE DOTTED LINE.>>HE JUST SIGNED HIM A CHECK FOR $300 MILLION.>>BLOOPER GETS INTO THE ANTICS.>>FOR BRYCE HARPER DAY, IT IS THE SAME SHTICK.>>HE IS MAKING IT RAIN.>>IT HE CAN GET VLAD GUERRERO JR. TO USE THAT LITTLE MINI BAT HE WAS SWINGING EARLIER.>>I GIVE CREDIT. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO SAY NO.>>THE BRAVES HAVE DONE A NICE JOB. GET OUT OF HERE. [LAUGHTER] I’M TRYING TO DO A SERIOUS THING.>>STAND YOUR GROUND.>>YOU HAVE TO GIVE BLOOPER SOME CREDIT HERE.>>BLOOPER. SCOTT: BLOOPER IS HAVING A YEAR. TO SEE MORE OF THIS EXCLUSIVE BRAVES CONTENT, INCLUDING SERIES LIKE “WRITING WITH THE BRAVES,” SUBSCRIBE TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL. THE RACE TO OCTOBER IS HERE. WATCH POSTSEASON WITH YOUTUBE TV. THAT IS 70 PLUS CHANNELS OF LIVE TV, INCLUDING EVERY POSTSEASON GAME. IT COMES WITH UNLIMITED CLOUD DVR STORAGE AND SIX INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. YOU CAN ADD YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS TO THE LIBRARY SO YOU DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE ACTION. SET UP ONLY TAKES MINUTES. GET READY FOR THE POSTSEASON AND WATCH LIVE WITH YOUTUBE TV. TRY IT FOR FREE NOW. POSTSEASON BEGINS OCTOBER 1. THE N.L. WILD-CARD GAME, MARK YOUR CALENDAR. I WILL BE THERE, WHEREVER IT IS. LIKE MATT MENTIONED EARLIER, WE MIGHT HAVE A LITTLE ACTION BETWEEN THE REGULAR SEASON FINISHER AND THAT WILD-CARD GAME IF THERE IS A GAME 163. JERRY BLEVINS IS GOING TO PITCH FOR ATLANTA. JUSTIN: I HAVE YOUTUBE TV. SCOTT: I KNOW. JUSTIN: THIS IS NOT A PLUG, BUT I HAVE IT. SCOTT: YOU HAVE BEEN A YOUTUBE GUY FOR YEARS. WHEN I DID MY RESEARCH, I AM LOOKING UP ALL OF JUSTIN’S ARTICLES AND NUMBERS, I FOUND AN ARTICLE THAT HAD HIM TALKING ABOUT HOW HE WATCHES VIDEOS OF HIS GRAND SLAMS ON YOUTUBE. EVERYONE HAS THOSE CLIPS THAT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE HEADING INTO A GAME. SO YOU MENTIONED IT. IT WAS QUOTED IN AN ARTICLE, “THE KANSAS CITY STAR,” BECAUSE ONE OF YOUR GRAND SLAMS WAS WITH THE ROYALS. JUSTIN: DURING MY TIME HERE WITH THE NATS — I USED TO WATCH VIDEO ALL THE TIME. WHAT KIND OF VIDEO DO YOU WATCH? I WATCH MYSELF GROUNDING OUT. WHY WOULD YOU WANT YOURSELF DO THAT? WATCH YOURSELF BE GREAT. SO I TOOK THAT TO HEART. I STARTED TO WATCH MYSELF DO WELL, GETTING HITS, GETTING BASE HITS, FEELING MYSELF DOING WELL. AFTER I LEFT THEM AND WENT TO THE YANKEES, ROBINSON CANO BEFORE A SPRING TRAINING GAME IS WATCHING HIMSELF DO WELL. SO I HAVE A PLAYLIST ON MY YOUTUBE ACCOUNT WHERE I WATCH MYSELF DO WELL. MATT: WHEN I SEARCH MYSELF, I AM EITHER GETTING HECKLED BY THE GUY WE PLAYED EARLIER, OR TRIPPING A DUDE IN RED SPANDEX. I DON’T HAVE ANY GOOD CLIPS. I DON’T KNOW WHY I CAN’T FIND THEM. THAT IS A GREAT IDEA. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLUG YOUTUBE TV. OFF THE AIR, YOU DID IT TO ME ALREADY AND I HAVE BEEN READY TO MAKE THE SWITCH. I HAVE TO GET YOUTUBE TV TO WATCH SCOTT BROWN IN THE OFF-SEASON. JUSTIN: MY KIDS WAKE UP SATURDAY MORNING. HEY GOOGLE, WATCH DISNEY CHANNEL IN THE LIVING ROOM. IT TURNS ON THE TV AND THEY WATCH. IT HAS GOT TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARGUE WHAT THEY WANT TO WATCH. MY SON WANTS TO WATCH MLB NETWORK, MY DAUGHTER WANTS TO WATCH DISNEY CHANNEL. MATT: SO THEY ARE YELLING AT GOOGLE WHILE GOOGLE IS LISTENING TO THE ARGUMENT? SCOTT: THAT STRAIGHT. YOU DON’T FIGHT OVER THE — THAT IS RIGHT. YOU DON’T FIGHT OVER THE REMOTE ANYMORE, YOU JUST SCREAM AT GOOGLE OR SIRI. JUSTIN: IT IS GREAT. SCOTT: 1-2 TO EATON’S IN THERE. BLEVINS RECORDS THE STRIKEOUT. JUSTIN: BLEVINS IS THE GUY THAT THE NATIONALS WISH THEY HAD. THIS IS THE LEFTY SPECIALISTS THEY DON’T HAVE. SCOTT: LEFTIES ARE HITTING JUST .145 AGAINST HIM THIS SEASON WITH TWO EXTRA-BASE IN 60 PLATE APPEARANCES. LEAVE HIM IN AGAINST THE RIGHTY RENDON WITH THE LEFTY SOTO ON DECK. DEFINITELY BUILT TO GET LEFTIES OUT. HE CAN BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST RIGHTIES, HE JUST HAS TO BE CAREFUL IN THE ZONE. BUT YOU MENTIONED IT. IF THE NATIONALS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, THE ONLY LEFTY WHO LOOKS LIKE HE WOULD BE ON THEIR ROSTER WOULD BE DOOLITTLE, AND THAT IS IF HE IS HEALTHY. THAT COULD BE A HUGE DETERRENT TO THEM ADVANCING PAST THE FIRST ROUND THIS YEAR. JUSTIN: YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THOSE MATCHUP GUYS. SCOTT: DONALDSON RACING IN. AND HE’S GOT IT. THE YOUTUBE GAME OF THE WEEK POSTGAME SHOW, 30 MINUTES. WE WILL HAVE INTERVIEWS COMING YOUR WAY. ANALYSIS. WE WILL PREVIEW THE NEXT ONE. THE BRAVES ARE ONE OUT AWAY FROM TAKING A 95 GAME LEAD — A 9.5 GAME LEAD TOMORROW AGAINST THE NATIONALS. THERE IS YOUR LEFTY-LEFTY MATCHUP, SOTO AGAINST BLEVINS. MATT: SOTO DOES NOT MIND LEFTIES. HE TOLD US HOW WELL HE HITS LEFTIES. WE WILL SEE IF CORBIN CAN PROVE HIM RIGHT. SCOTT: TWO HITS TONIGHT FOR WASHINGTON. ROBLES WITH THE DOUBLE BACK IN THE EIGHTH, AND ADAM EATON DOUBLED IN THE FOURTH. THAT IS IT. JUSTIN: THE BRAVES STAFF HAS DONE A GREAT JOB TONIGHT KEEPING THIS GREAT NATIONALS LINEUP AT BAY. SCOTT: THIS WOULD BE THE 10TH WIN FOR ATLANTA IN 17 GAMES AGAINST THE NATIONALS. TWO MORE TO GO IN THIS SEASON SERIES. JUSTIN: THIS IS WHERE EVERY BASEBALL FAN CAN SEE HOW GREAT JUAN SOTO IS. HE IS FACING A TOUGH LEFTY-LEFTY MATCHUP. HE IS NOT CHASING, STAYING WITH HIS APPROACH. HE IS NOT GETTING TOO BIG FOR THE MOMENT. HE IS HAVING A GREAT AT-BAT AGAIN. SCOTT: SENT TO LEFT, MARKAKIS GIVES IT A LOOK. IT WILL PUNCH OFF THE WALL. SOTO TRUCKING FOR SECOND, AND HE IS IN THERE WITH A DOUBLE. MATT: THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. WE PICKED ON THE SUPERSTITIONS TODAY, BUT ONE THING HE ALWAYS SAID IT WAS NEVER GIVEAWAY AN AT-BAT. IT IS 5-0, TWO STRIKES IN THE LAST INNING, AND JUAN SOTO STAYS ON A LEFTY-LEFTY FASTBALL AND DRILLS IT TO LEFT FIELD. JUSTIN: YOU SAW THE SPLITS EARLIER. THEY ARE PRETTY EVEN ON BOTH SIDES. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO IS ON THE MOUND, HE WILL BREAK YOU. HE ALMOST KNOCKED DOWN THE WALL. MATT: LOVE IT WHEN YOUNG PLAYERS PLAY THE RIGHT WAY. DID NOT GIVE AWAY AN AT-BAT. A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN A GUY WE SAW IN CLEVELAND. JUSTIN: DID HE WALK TO THE CLUBHOUSE AFTER THAT? MATT: I DON’T KNOW. FRANCONA MET HIM AND HAD THE TALK RIGHT THERE FOR PUIG. HE HIT A CHOPPER BACK TO THE PITCHER AND JUST WALKED BACK TO THE DUGOUT. SCOTT: BUNDY LAST NIGHT DID NOT COVER HOME, TWO RUNS SCORED ON A WILD PITCH. CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I SAW THAT. MATT: IT IS FUN TO POINT OUT THINGS DONE WHILE. JUSTIN: MY MOM TOLD ME THAT TODAY WHEN I SAW HER. SHE SAID, HE CAME RIGHT OUT OF THE GAME AFTER THAT. IS THAT A COINCIDENCE OR HIS PITCH COUNT? SCOTT: NO BALLS, TWO STRIKES AS A DRIBBLE CARRERA — ASDRUBAL CABRERA REPRESENTS THE LAST CHANCE AT THE MOMENT. THE NATIONALS, 41-29 AT HOME. SECOND-PLACE TEAM IN THE N.L. EAST. FIRST WILD-CARD SEED. THAT LEAD IS GOING TO SHRINK TODAY. STAYING AT SECOND IS SOTO. THE NATIONALS WILL HAVE A 2.5 EDGE OVER THE CUBS FOR THEIR FIRST WILD-CARD. I AM SURE THE NATS WOULD LOVE TO BE HOSTING THAT WILD-CARD GAME. IT IS GOING TO BE A FUN TWO WEEKS TO THE FINISH LINE. JUSTIN: IT IS TWO DIFFERENT MENTALITIES GOING FORWARD. IF THE BRAKES CAN CLENCH, THEY WILL LOOSEN UP. BUT THE BRAVES HAVE TO KEEP THEIR — THE NATIONALS HAVE TO KEEP THEIR FOOT ON THE PEDAL. SCOTT: A DIFFICULT SCHEDULE TO FINISH THE YEAR. GOT HIM, GAME OVER. THE BRAVES TAKE IT 5-0 OVER THE NATIONALS TO OPEN UP THIS WEEKEND SET IN D.C. THREE HOURS AND 17 MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE CONTEST. LET’S DO 30 MINUTES MORE ON YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW. JERRY BLEVINS IN THE BRAVES ALL SMILES AS THEY MAKE THE TRIP FROM PHILADELPHIA TO D.C. TO START UP THIS WEEKEND SET WITH A WIN. THEY BLANK THE NATIONALS, THREE HITS FOR WASHINGTON. THE NATS GET TO GO HOME. THERE IS A DAY GAME TOMORROW. SCOTT BRAUN, MATT DYESS, JUSTIN MAXWELL. OZZIE ALBIES WILL JOIN US, AND WE WILL CHAT WITH HIM. ANOTHER INTERVIEW WITH HEIDI VERY SOON AFTER THAT. WE WILL HEAR FROM BOTH MANAGERS. A LOT TO DO TO RECAP THIS ONE. OZZIE ALBIES WITH HIS 23RD HOME RUN OF THE SEASON. JUSTIN: HE HAS BEEN LETHAL THIS LAST WEEK. HE IS CONTINUING THE STREAK IN D.C. THEY PUT HIM ON WITH AN INTENTIONAL WALK. HE IS ON A ROLL AND IT IS NICE TO SEE FOR BRAVES FANS. IT IS NOT NICE TO SEE FOR NATS FANS. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE MOVING FORWARD. SCOTT: THREE HITS, REACHED BASE FOUR TIMES TONIGHT, TWO SINGLES, A HOME RUN, AND AN INTENTIONAL WALK.3 HE IS GETTING IT DONE FROM BOTH SIDES. MATT: HE CAN HIT FROM THE RIGHT SIDE. HE HAS MORE NATURAL POP. HE WORKED EXTREMELY HARD ON HIS LEFT-HANDED SWING. SCOTT: SCOTT: OZZIE ALBIES JOINING US ON THE POSTGAME SHOW. CONGRATULATIONS. WALK US THROUGH THE HOME RUN YOU HIT, HIS 23RD IN THE SEVENTH INNING. HOW DID IT GO DOWN?>>I WAS HITTING OFFSPEED AND WE LEFT THEM HANGING ON THE BALL. WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING OUT. IT CARRIED GOOD AND IT WENT OUT. SCOTT: THAT IS IMPRESSIVE. WE WERE SITTING IN THE BOOTH NOTICING — MATT: WE SAW YOU IN THE DUGOUT TALKING TO ACUNA. YOU DID SOMETHING WHERE YOU WIGGLE YOUR SHOULDERS LIKE YOU WERE GETTING LOOSE. WHAT WERE THEY TELLING YOU IN THE DUGOUT?>>WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT VIDEOGAMES AND STUFF. MATT: IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE MOVING YOUR SHOULDERS LIKE YOU WERE TRYING TO GET RELAXED. WHATEVER IT WAS, IT WORKED. SCOTT: YOU HAD VIDEOGAME NUMBERS TONIGHT, AND WE SAW YOU STOP AT SECOND BASE ORIGINALLY. DID YOU THINK THAT ONE MIGHT HAVE TURNED INTO A DOUBLE?>>IT WAS COMING BACK IN AND THE UMPIRE WAS POINTING LIKE THIS. I THOUGHT HE MEANT LIKE THE BALL HIT THE FENCE AND CAME BACK IN. HE STARTED ROLLING HIS ARMS. SCOTT: WE WERE ON THE SAME PAGE. I WAS WAITING FOR HIM TO DO THIS SO I COULD MAKE THE HOME RUN CALL. IT TOOK US A LITTLE BIT, BUT YOU ENDED UP PULLING IT OFF. HOW WAS YOUR SLEEP FROM LAST NIGHT TO TODAY? THE NATIONALS SAID THEY HAD ABOUT THREE HOURS. YOU WERE COMING FROM PHILADELPHIA AND TOOK A PLANE FROM PHILLY TO D.C..>>WE GOT TO THE HOTEL AROUND 2:30. WE WENT TO SLEEP AROUND 3:30. I WOKE UP AROUND 2:00. I GUESS IT WORKED. I MIGHT DO IT AGAIN TONIGHT. SCOTT: 12 HOURS, THAT IS OUTSTANDING. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET 12 HOURS OF SLEEP?>>TWICE A MONTH OR SOMETHING. MATT: WE JUST SAW YOUR SECOND HAVE COMPARISONS. LAST YEAR, IT SEEMED LIKE YOU RAN OUT OF STEAM. THIS YEAR, YOU WERE THRIVING THROUGH SEPTEMBER. DID YOU MAKE ADJUSTMENTS IN YOUR SLEEP OR FITNESS THAT WOULD ADD TO THIS SECOND-HALF SURGE?>>PREGAME, SOMETIMES I DON’T DO THE FULL WORKOUT. I COME OUT EARLY, DO IT EARLY, AND IT IS WORKING. YOU GO THROUGH ROUGH TIMES SOMETIMES, BUT I TRUST MYSELF. SCOTT: YOUR BEST FRIEND, RONALD ACUNA JR., I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM. DO YOU THINK HE REACHES 40 HOME RUNS AND 40 STOLEN BASES, AND DOES HE TALK ABOUT IT?>>I AM CONFIDENT IN HIM AND I KNOW HE CAN DO IT. HE TALKS ABOUT IT SOMETIMES. DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. DO YOU LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO. SCOTT: WE SPOKE IN SPRING TRAINING. WE DID A LITTLE BIT. HE SAID HIS NICKNAME IS THE BEAST. NO ONE ELSE HAS IT. HOW COME THAT NICKNAME HAS NOT STUCK THIS YEAR?>>HE CALLS HIMSELF THAT ALL THE TIME. HE SAYS I’M GOING TO GO RIGHT CENTER. HE SAYS I AM GOING TO GO TO THE BULLPEN, AND HE DOES IT EASY. HE TRUSTS HIMSELF A LOT, AND HE PLAYS THE GAME. SCOTT: WE ARE GOING TO KEEP PUSHING FOR THE NICKNAME. JUSTIN: HOW DOES HE SAY IT IN SPANISH?>>[SPEAKING SPANISH] SCOTT: GET ANOTHER 12 HOURS AND DO THAT AGAIN TOMORROW. THAT WAS AWESOME. OZZIE ALBIES JOINING US ON THE MLB LIVE GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. HE IS A GREAT INTERVIEW. HE IS FUN, YOUNG, HE GETS IT. MATT: HE GETS IT ON THE FIELD AND OFF THE FIELD. WE TALKED ABOUT HIS PREPARATION IN THE GAME. HE WAS IN A SITUATION WHERE HE TOOK A PITCH WITH A FAKE BUNT TRYING TO GIVE HIM A PITCH TO STEAL ON. YOU LOVED WHEN YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DO THAT FOR YOU. JUSTIN: DEFINITELY. SOMETIMES THE MANAGERS WOULD YELL AT GUYS. FOR THOSE TWO GUYS TO BE TOGETHER, TO COME UP TOGETHER, THE FRIENDSHIP THEY HAVE, IT SHOWS ON THE FIELD THAT THEY ARE HAVING FUN PLAYING WITH THEIR BUDDIES IN THE BIG LEAGUES. THAT IS GREAT. SCOTT: 12 HOURS, I CANNOT GET OVER THAT. THAT IS AWESOME. JUSTIN: IF YOU WANT TO RAKE, GET 12 HOURS OF SLEEP. SCOTT: I HAVE AN 8:00 A.M. FLIGHT. LET’S RUN THROUGH WHAT WE WITNESSED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. YOUR GAME SUMMARY. MIKE SOROKA AGAINST MAX — MAX SCHERZER. MATT: WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE THE GAME, THE THINGS HE WAS DOING, MAX SCHERZER GETS IN TROUBLE. SO FAR, SO GOOD. SOROKA SAYS, I WILL LET THE FIRST BASE RUNNERS ON, AND I WILL LET THIS ESCAPE. MATT: HE HAS A GREAT THIRD BASEMAN. HE GETS THIS BALL OFF. THEY CANNOT BEAT FREDDIE FREEMAN TO THE BAG. SCOTT: HE LEAVES WITH ELBOW DISCOMFORT. DID I GET THAT RIGHT? MATT: RIGHT ELBOW. . SCOTT: SOROKA GETTING THE GROUND BALLS, DAZZLING THIS EVENING. LOOKING NOT LIKE A RICKY. — ROOKIE. JUSTIN: HE WAS ON FIRE ALL NIGHT, HIT THE BALL HARD. THERE IS THE FIRST RUN FOR THE BRAVES, AND THERE IS THE SECOND FOR ATLANTA. DANSBY SWANSON DOES THE TRICK. MATT: THIS GOT HIM OUT OF THERE. WE REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHO THIS PITCHER WAS. THE BRAVES FLEW INTO ATLANTA TO NICK MARKAKIS LIVE LOOKS. THEY FLEW A MINOR-LEAGUER IN BECAUSE HE WAS HURT. SCOTT: NICK MARKAKIS ALSO DECIDING TO ROB VICTOR ROBLES LATER ON. MIKE SOROKA PUTTING ON A SHOW AND PICKING UP THE STRIKEOUTS. THE BIG STORYLINE, THE GLOVE. HE IS A LEFT FIELDER, HAS NOT DONE IT MUCH IN HIS CAREER. THERE IS THE ALBIES HOME RUN. MATT: THREE HITS, ON BASE FOUR OUT OF FIVE TIMES. WE WILL GIVE YOU LOVE. JUSTIN: A SLIDER ON A GUY THROWING 97 MILES PER HOUR. SCOTT: RAFAEL ORTEGA, THAT IS GOOD EXIT VELOCITY RIGHT THERE. JUSTIN: RIP THAT BALL DOWN THE LINE. A TOUGH PINCH-HIT AT BAT. SOMETHING THE BRAVES NEED BECAUSE PINCH-HITTING IS A COMMODITY THAT IS HARD TO COME BY. SCOTT: HIM AND MATT JOYCE COULD BE IN THOSE ROLES. THEY HAVE A VERY DEEP BENCH. JERRY BLEVINS TO END THIS THING. HIGH-FIVES AND HUGS, IT IS OVER. JUSTIN: THE NINTH INNING ENDED THE WAY THAT SNITKER WANTED IT TO. SCOTT: BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 0. ATLANTA WITH WIN NUMBER 92. NICK MARKAKIS, HAVE A DAY, 2-4. NICE DEFENSIVELY FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT. AT A POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH HEIDI WATNEY. HEIDI: FIRST GAME OFF THE IL, YOU ARE FACING MAX SCHERZER. BUT YOU HAD A COUPLE HITS AND A SAC FLY OFF OF HIM.>>IT FELT GOOD TO BE BACK ON THE FIELD WITH THESE GUYS. I’VE BEEN WATCHING THEM FROM THE SIDELINES FOR A WHILE. IT GETS A LITTLE ANXIOUS OVER THERE. IT FELT GOOD TO BE BACK. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FACE A PITCHER I HAD FACED FOR A WHILE. I TRIED NOT TO DO TOO MUCH, HAD GOOD AT-BATS AND PUT GOOD SWINGS ON THE BALL. I HIT TWO GOOD BALLS OFF OF HIM AND CAME OUT WITH A BIG WIN. SOROKA THREW THE BALL GREAT. HE IS OUT THERE KNOWING WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO, HAS A PLAN. HE EXECUTED PRETTY WELL. HEIDI: I WAS TALKING TO JOSH DONALDSON, AND HE SAYS SOROKA’S POISE IS WHAT IMPRESSES HIM. HE HAS ONE OF THE BEST E.R.A.’S IN BASEBALL.>>YOU DO NOT SEE THAT TOO OFTEN OUT OF THE YOUNG GUY. THE WAY HE APPROACHES THE GAME, THE WAY HE GOES ABOUT THE GAME, THE BRAVES FANS ARE LUCKY TO WATCH THE SKY FOR A LONG TIME. HE IS ONE-OF-A-KIND, HE KNOWS HOW TO PITCH. IT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. HEIDI: JUST HAVING ONE HIT IN THAT LINEUP IS A FEET IN OF ITSELF. YOU HAD A COUPLE GREAT PLAYS OUT THERE. HOW DID YOU FEEL OUT THERE DEFENSIVELY?>>IT FELT A LITTLE AWKWARD AT FIRST. BUT AS THE GAME WENT ON, I GOT A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE. IT WILL TAKE REPS AND GOING OUT THERE AND PLAYING THE POSITION. IT IS THE OPPOSITE OF RIGHT FIELD, THE BALL COMES OUT DIFFERENTLY. OVER TIME, IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT. HEIDI: YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO GET IT NAILED DOWN. SCOTT: KEY IS CONSISTENT, RELIABLE, HE WILL MOVE POSITIONS WHEN HE COMES BACK FROM THE INJURED LIST. THEY LOVE HIM IN THAT CLUBHOUSE. MATT: HE IS THE DEFINITION OF A STEADY LEADER. HE DOES NOT GET TOO HIGH OR LOW. HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE SAME INTERVIEW IF THEY HAD 5-0 AND HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. HE WOULD TRY IT AGAIN TOMORROW IF YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD HELP THE TEAM. HE IS THE UP ENEMY OF A TEAMMATE. WE ARE WATCHING ONE HERE. NICK MARKAKIS IS A BIG REASON THE LOCKER ROOM IS THE WAY IT IS, AND WHY THEY WILL BE THE WAY THEY WILL BE. SCOTT: HE DID NOT JUST COME BACK, HE CAME BACK SQUARING UP BASEBALLS FROM THE FIRST PITCH. JUSTIN: HE CAME BACK ON FIRE. I DON’T THINK HE MISSED THE BARREL ONES. HIS FIRST AT-BAT, 106 MILES PER HOUR, ALMOST DECAPITATED SCHERZER. ANOTHER IN THE GAP, 103 MILES PER HOUR. ALMOST MISREAD BECAUSE IT HAD TOO MUCH JUIC EON IT. THE ONE HE THOUGHT HE GOT, HIS SOFTEST HIT OF THE NIGHT, IT ALMOST HIT THE WALL. IT GOT A RUN IN. FOR THIS GUY TO COME BACK, HE DID IT WITH THE GLOVE AS WELL. HE IS A COMPLETE BASEBALL PLAYER. FROM WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, IT SEEMS LIKE HE IS A COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL, A GUY THE BRAVES WANT AND NEED DOWN THE STRETCH. I KNOW THAT BRIAN SNITKER AND THE REST OF THE FANS ARE HAPPY TO HAVE HIM. MATT: I THINK HE WILL RECEIVE MANY CALLS AND TEXTS FROM PLAYERS GOING, HOW DO YOU BEAT MAX SCHERZER? NOT JUST PLAYERS, BUT EVEN ADVANCED SCOUTS FROM POTENTIAL WILD-CARD OPPONENTS OF THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HIT MAX SCHERZER TO CALL NICK MARKAKIS BECAUSE NOBODY HAS 69 AT-BATS AND A SIX HITS OFF OF HIM. JUSTIN: HE SAID I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FACE A GUY I HAD A LOT OF AT-BATS AGAINST. TO SEE A GUY THAT MANY TIMES, HE KNOWS HOW HE IS GOING TO ATTACK HIM, AND IT DOES NOT HURT. SCOTT: WHAT A PERFORMANCE FROM MARKAKIS. FOR MAX SCHERZER, THIS IS NOT AS GOOD AS WHAT WE SAW FROM HIM ON SUNDAY. HIS FASTBALL WAS NOT PRODUCING MUCH SWING AND MISS FROM THE LINEUP TONIGHT. MATT: HE HAD HIS V-LO. HE WAS NOT ABLE TO PUT BATTERS AWAY BECAUSE HE WAS NOT SPOTTING IT WHERE HE WANTED TO. THE CATCHER’S MITT MOVING ALL OVER THE ZONE, A LITTLE IN, A LITTLE OUT. THE BRAVES HITTERS, YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT. THEY WERE ABLE TO CHASE HIM AFTER FIVE INNINGS. ONCE YOU GET MAX SCHERZER OUT OF A BALLGAME, YOU HAVE A CHANCE. JUSTIN: AFTER HE CAME OUT IN THE FIFTH, THE BRAVES SCORED TWO RUNS. IT IS SCARY TO THINK THAT IF THE NATIONALS CANNOT GET MAX SCHERZER INTO THE SIXTH OR SEVENTH INNING THEY DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN. WHEN YOU ARE IN THAT ONE GAME WILD-CARD, IT IS REALLY TOUGH TO DO. IF YOU CANNOT STRETCH OUT SCHERZER, I HATE TO SAY IT, HE NEEDS TO CD. YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAP THE BULLPEN. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE HIM BACK OUT THE. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE HIM HEALTHY. IT PUTS HIM AT EASE. JUSTIN: MAX SCHERZER IS THE MOST COMPETITIVE GUY IN BASEBALL. IF YOU DON’T FEEL CONFIDENT IN MAX SCHERZER, YOU DO HAVE OTHER HORSES IN THE STABLE.>>STRASBURG IS A BIG DEAL. DAVE MARTINEZ, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR BALLCLUB TONIGHT? DAVE: IT WAS SO SO. THREW A LOT OF PITCHES, WASN’T AS CRISP. BUT HE BATTLED. YOU SAW MAX BATTLE THROUGH IT AND THREW A LOT OF PITCHES.>>[INAUDIBLE] DAVE: I DON’T THINK HE COMMANDED HIS OFFSPEED STUFF. I THINK HE THREW HIS FASTBALL OK BUT HIS CHANGEUP WAS A LITTLE OFF. THREW A COUPLE OF DECENT SLIDERS, BUT JUST A TICK OFF TODAY. BUT HE BATTLED THROUGH IT. GAVE EVERYTHING HE HAD.>>[INAUDIBLE] DAVE: ABSOLUTELY. THE FACT THAT HE SAID HE FELT GOOD AND WHEN I TOOK AMOUNT, HE SAID HE FELT GOOD — TOOK HIM OUT, HE SAID HE FELT GOOD. GET THROUGH TOMORROW, AND HERE WE GO AGAIN THE NEXT START.>>[INAUDIBLE] DAVE: HE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE THROWING EVERYTHING OVER THE PLATE TODAY. DIDN’T FALL BEHIND MUCH, ATTACKED THE STRIKE ZONE. HIS CHANGEUP WAS VERY GOOD. EATON IS THE ONLY ONE THAT GOT A HIT OFF THEM. WE HIT SOME BALLS HARD, BUT HE WAS GOOD.>>[INAUDIBLE] DAVE: YOU SAW TIM BOGAR — YOU USUALLY DON’T SEE THAT FROM TIM. HE JUST GOT A LITTLE IRRITATED. WE DIDN’T THINK HE SWUNG. TIM SAID HE DID. I THINK MORE SO, TIM IS TRYING TO KEEP HOW WE IN THE GAME BECAUSE HOW HE SAID SOMETHING AND HE DEFENDED HIM.>>[INAUDIBLE] DAVE: I MEAN, IT’S A TOUGH CALL. IT REALLY IS. JUST GOT TO WATCH THE BARREL. THAT’S WHAT THE KEY IS. YOUR HANDS CAN GO OUT FRONT, BUT YOUR BARREL PASSES THE LINE AND IT’S NOT A SWING. 100 FEET, TRY TO MAKE A CALL LIKE THAT. I APPRECIATE ROB NOT CALLING IT BEHIND THE PLATE. THAT’S EVEN TOUGHER.>>BACK TO THE COMMENTS ON MIKE SOROKA. HE SAID THE CHANGEUP WAS GOOD, ONLY ONE HIT FOR THE NATIONALS AGAINST THE BRACE ROOKIE. HE WAS EXCELLENT, PINPOINT COMMAND.>>PINPOINT COMMAND AND HE WAS MIKE SOROKA. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY? HE PITCHES HIS WAY OUT OF JAMS. NOT THE SAME AS MAX SCHERZER DOES, BUT GETTING WEAK CONTACT. JAMS HIM JUST ENOUGH, OFF THE END OF THE BAT, MISSING BARRELS, AND HE’S EFFICIENT. THEN AS THE GAME WEARS ON, HE ALMOST GETS STRONGER AND STARTS RIPPING OFF STRIKEOUTS LATER IN THE GAME. HE ONLY HAD ONE STRIKEOUT, REALLY ONE IN THE FIRST FOUR INNINGS. THEN HE STRIKES OUT A TON AS THE GAME MOVED ON. HE STRUCK OUT ONE OR MORE AN INNING FROM THEN ON.>>HE HAD THAT GREG MADDUX BACKDOOR SINKER. HE’S GOT GREAT STUFF AND I THINK THE BEST PART OF HIM, HE’S GOT GREAT POISE. HE DOESN’T SEEM TO GET RATTLED, ESPECIALLY HIS E.R.A. SOLO ON THE ROAD. HE RISES ON THE OCCASION.>>IF YOU HAVE A SUB TO E.R.A., ALL THE NAMES — SUB 2.00 E.R.A., ALTHOUGH NAMES ON THAT LIST WON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR’S. HE WON’T WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.>>THERE A BEHEMOTH FIRST BASEMAN THAT WON’T LET THAT HAPPEN.>>IS A POLAR BEAR.>>SOROKA, ANY OF THE YEAR, ABSOLUTELY. BUT WHEN YOU’RE LEADING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN HOME A TEAM ON YOUR BACK, PETE ALONSO IS PROBABLY ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.>>YOU GOT THE BEAST, THE POLAR BEAR.>>JEFF MCNEIL IS THE FLYING SQUIRREL. [LAUGHTER]>>WE NEED A NICKNAME FOR MIKE SOROKA. I DON’T THINK HE HAS ONE YET, LOWEST SINGLE-SEASON ROAD E.R.A. SINCE 1969. HE’S GOT THAT NUMBER DOWN TO A TIDY 1.35. ROGER CLEMENS IN 2005, 1.32 MARK, BEST ALL-TIME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT GREG MADDUX WAS DOING, 1.12. HE WAS A MONSTER ON THE ROAD. AND DID IT ALSO IN 1994. KEEP IN MIND SOROKA IS A ROOKIE. THESE PLAYERS WERE NOT ROOKIES WHEN THEY DID THAT. THAT’S WHAT STANDS OUT, ESPECIALLY A ROOKIE ON THE ROAD PLAYING BASEBALL AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN HE DOES AT HOME.>>IT SHOWS A LOT ABOUT THE BRAVES ORGANIZATION. IF THEY’RE ABLE TO DEVELOP GUYS WHERE THEY CAN BE POISED AT THE BIG-LEAGUE LEVEL, SHOWS A LOT ABOUT THEM.>>MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. RAISE AND DODGERS, 10:10 P.M. EASTERN TIME, AND THEN CARDINALS AND DIAMONDBACKS. READY FOR THE RAYS AND DODGERS IN INTERLEAGUE AFFAIR, WHEN TAMPA BAY IS CLOSE TO PLAYING POSTSEASON BASEBALL?>>THE DODGERS STRIKE FIRST.>>THE RAYS TAKE THE LEAD.>>FORGET ABOUT IT! HE’S ENDED THE NIGHT!>>GONE! HOME RUN FOR MEADOWS!>>FIRST CAREER WALKOFF HOME RUN FOR WILL SMITH! HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?>>KIERMAIER TO THE WALL, AND HE GOT IT! WHAT A CATCH!>>MUNCY HITS A TOWERING FLY BALL TO RIGHT. THAT ONE IS GONE.>>CHARLIE MORTON JUST CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND BETTER.>>WHAT A MAGICAL NIGHT, FROM DOWN 8-3 TO WIN IT, 9-8.>>BRAVES — RAISE WIN — RAYS WIN! RAYS WIN!>>IT’S BELLINGER’S TURN!>>HERE COMES KIERMAIER WITH WINNER.>>BASES CLEARING DOUBLE FOR CODY BELLINGER, WHO’S GOING TO NEED A NEW BELT.>>IT’S GONE! JUST CLEARS THE WALL. A WALKOFF HOME RUN FOR TRAVIS D’ARNAUD AND THE RAYS WIN IT.>>AND HE’S GOT ANOTHER.>>RAYS WIN IT ON THE PHAM WALKOFF.>>FORGET ABOUT IT! MUNCY SAVES THE DODGERS TONIGHT.>>BASE HIT INTO LEFT.>>CHOI WILL COME INTO SCORE ON A LITTLE LEAGUE HOME RUN.>>HE STRUCK HIM OUT! AND HE PITCHES OUT OF A BASES-LOADED JAM.>>AWESOME JOB FROM KENLEY JANSEN.>>SWING AND A DRIVE. WHEN THIS LANDS, RAYS WIN! RAYS WIN, RAYS WIN!>>DODGERS WALK IT OFF AGAIN!>>DODGERS HAVE WON IT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH. THIS TIME IT’S RUSSELL MARTIN AS THE HERO!>>AND SOGARD SCORES AND THE RAYS WIN IT, 1-0 IN 13.>>TAMPA BAY WON 90 GAMES, NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS. THIS IS A THREE TEAM RACE TO MAKE IT TO THE WILD-CARD. IT’S A FUN BATTLE BETWEEN THE RAYS AND THE DODGERS. FOR THE DODGERS, THEY CAN TO LET UP BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LOCK DOWN HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. THAT’S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON IS A POSTSEASON GAME PLAN, ESPECIALLY WITH THEIR PITCHING STAFF. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS DURING THE BROADCAST. HYUN-JIN RYU HAS FALLEN OFF. SOME PITCHERS HAVE FADED FOR THEM. SOME ARE EMERGING, LIKE TONY GONSOLIN AND DUSTIN MAY. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW THE PUZZLE PIECES FIT.>>AND IT GIVES YOU A FIT OF WHAT A POSTSEASON GAME LOOKS LIKE. TAMPA BAY IS PLAYING FOR THEIR POSTSEASON LIFE. DAVE ROBERTS AND THE DODGERS HAVE TO BE ANNOYED WITH BRIAN SNITKER AND THE BRAVES. THEY CANNOT GET ANY SEPARATION. THE DODGERS HAVE BEEN THE CLASS OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, BUT THE BRAVES WON’T GO AWAY. I DON’T KNOW. IF I’M THE DODGERS, I FOCUS ON HOME FIELD BEFORE I GET READY. BUT THAT’S WHAT I WOULD DO.>>I THINK THE RAYS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE IN THIS ONE BECAUSE THEY’RE PLAYING EVERY GAME LIKE IT’S A PLAYOFF GAME. DODGERS COME IN AND GET A TASTE OF THE FLORIDA SUNSHINE. THEY WANT TO RELAX, THEY CAN.>>THEY HAD THE SECOND WILD-CARD AT THE MOMENT. THIS IS GOING TO CHANGE A MILLION TIMES, THE A’S IN THE ONE SPOT AND THE INDIANS DIDN’T PLAY TONIGHT. THEIR GAME AGAINST THE TWINS WAS POSTPONED. SO, GOING BACK TO THE ATLANTA BRAVES, THEY HAVE A 9.5 GAME LEAD. THEY WIN THIS ONE, 5-0. THEY’RE IN SOMEWHAT OF A CRUISE CONTROL FOR THE DIVISION CROWN, BUT THEY ARE CHASING THAT DODGER TEAM AND BRIAN SNITKER SPOKE ABOUT THIS W AND THE TEAM GOING FORWARD. BRIAN: YOU WAIT AND SEE. KIND OF JERKED HIS ELBOW WHEN HE DOVE FOR THAT BALL. AND HE’D BEEN BATTLING SOME SPURS, SO IT GOT HIM A LITTLE BIT. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE WAS OK. HE’S FEELING OK NOW. WE’LL JUST WAIT AND SEE.>>HOW NICE WAS IT TO SEE THE BOUNCEBACK FROM SOROKA? BRIAN: THAT WAS AWESOME. I TALKED TO HIM IN THE HOTEL TODAY. HE WAS EXCITED ABOUT THIS MATCHUP, WHICH IS GOOD. IT’S A GOOD SIGN. I SAID BEFORE HE’S PROBABLY EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT AND GETTING BACK OUT THERE. MAN, HE’S REALLY GOOD.>>I’M SURE NOTHING SURPRISES YOU WITH NICK MARKAKIS, BUT TO HITS AND AN R.B.I., HOW NICE WAS THAT DIZZY? — THAT TO SEE? BRIAN: HOW NICE WAS THAT?>>NO REHAB GAMES. BRIAN: I KNOW. TWO OF THE HARDEST HIT BALLS HE SAID EARLIER. MADE SOME REALLY NICE PLAYS IN LEFT. THE GUY’S A BALLPLAYER. IT’S HUGE FOR OUR LINEUP AND OUR TEAM TO HAVE HIM BACK IN THEIR.>>DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MOST ROOKIES, BUT DID YOU EXPECT MIKE TO GIVE YOU THAT EFFORT TONIGHT? BRIAN: WHEN I WAS TALKING, RAN INTO HIM IN THE LOBBY, YOU COULD TELL HE WAS A LITTLE BIT EXCITED, LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. IT WAS GOOD. HE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB OF USING ALL HIS PITCHES IN THE FIRST INNING, KIND OF BIT HIM THE OTHER DAY, BUT HE CAME OUT WITH HIS BREAKING BALL, CHANGEUP IN THE FIRST INNING. THAT WAS REALLY GOOD FOR HIM.>>HOW MUCH DID YOU LIKE THE WAY YOUR LINEUP WAS ABLE TO WORK CHURCHES PITCH COUNT AND GET HIM OUT OF THICK — SCHERZER’S PITCH COUNT AND GET HIM OUT OF THE GAME? BRIAN: THEY WORKED THERE BUT — THEIR BUTTS OFF. ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE GUYS TO PLAY THE GAME. WE GRANTED SOME REALLY GOOD AT-BATS OUT — GRIND IT SOME REALLY GOOD AT-BATS OUT.>>IS FREDDIE FREEMAN GOING TO BE OK? WE THINK MAYBE THIS IS AN ISSUE.>>SNIT MENTIONED IT WAS A DIVE. SOMETHING TWISTED AND IT DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. THEY WERE AHEAD. THEY PULLED HIM OUT. I HAVE A HARD TIME, FROM WHAT SNIT SAID, HE’S PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE MET WITH THEM. HE’S NOT GOING TO SUGARCOAT IT. IT SEEMS HOW HE FEELS TOMORROW. I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF HE PLAYS TOMORROW. HE’LL FIGHT FOR IT, THOUGH.>>THAT’S THE SMART CHOICE. LOOKED LIKE HIS ELBOW CAUGHT AWKWARDLY.>>HOPEFULLY HE’S OK. MORE WORK TOMORROW ON FREDDIE FREEMAN. ONCE THE NICKNAME YOU FIGURED OUT?>>WE’RE GOING WITH THE BEAST FOR ACUNA JR. MIKE SOROKA IS THE SNIPER. HE’S VERY QUIET AND HE DEALS. HE CUTS YOU UP.>>THAT BACKDOOR SINKER.>>YOU DON’T SEE IT COMING AND YOU’RE OUT. MY MAIN TAKE AWAY FROM TODAY? THE N.L. EAST IS OVER. THIS IS A MUST SWEEP BY THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. THIS IS A WILD-CARD TEAM NOW.>>I THINK IT STARTED IN ATLANTA. I THOUGHT THE NATS HAD TO GET ALL FOUR OF THOSE. THEY ONLY GOT ONE AND THEY DIDN’T GET IT TONIGHT AND THE RAYS ARE SITTING PRETTY — BRAVES ARE SITTING PRETTY TO PUT ANOTHER PENNANT IN THEIR STADIUM.>>I’M NOT THERE SO THERE SHOULD BE ONE.>>VERY NICE. NOW THEY ARE CHASING THE DODGERS. THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK RETURNS TUESDAY, THIS TUESDAY WE’RE BACK, CODY BELLINGER AND THE DODGERS HOSTING MEADOWS, PHAM AND THE RAYS. WE’LL BE THERE. YOU’LL BE ON YOUTUBE. COVERAGE BEGINS AT 930 EASTERN. I’M SCOTT BRAUN LOGGING OFF FROM NATIONALS PARK. THANKS FOR WATCHING THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. HAVE A GREAT REST OF YOUR NIGHT.

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52 thoughts on “Braves at Nationals | MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube

  • September 14, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    Team is coming together.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    👹

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Love the situation

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    Lets go Nationals

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Chop on Braves!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Have to admit. I like these broadcasts. I love the team at Fox Sports Braves, but this was a fun experience.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    Did btaves win

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    Spoiler Soto did not go off lol

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Why didn’t you guys show the Astros this season? Maybe next season.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    Go braves

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    I like Vladimir Jr a lot , who else #MLB

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    If Nick Markakis keeps this form up?? Man oh man, Soroka was on 🔥🔥🔥 as well! This is going to be a tough team to beat come post season..

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    Thanks for broadcasting. Chop on boys.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    Amazing Zimmerman is still playing, I remember watching his very first game. Good player, thought he was gonna be a super star, but still a great player.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    Ok, love Acuna, great player, but he is letting his success clot his personality. Already starting to see the cockiness come out, benched one game, the dropped ball at the fence. You can see his head is getting to big, so either he is gonna be the next mlb bad boy or an injury that knocks him down a few notches.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    I really enjoyed this team a lot more than the tv and other broadcasters. Scoot makes a leader filling in the empty spots where the rest of the two guys can't. Real, and raw and little bumps here and their but that's what's makes it perfect! plus commercials! amazing!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    In the 1st when Freddy hit that ball 2 inches off the dirt I vocalized "how did he hit that" as the announcer did lol. Great game but definitely happy to see games on stream like this

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  • September 14, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    NEED MORE BRAVES GAMES LIVE ON YOUTUBE. I DONT THINK THE BRAVES ARE GOING TO MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES. IM BEING VERY REALISTIC. THERE A VERY VERY GOOD TEAM, BUT I THINK THEY WILL LOSE IN POST SEASON TO THE DODGERS. I HOPE IM WRONG, BUT THATS MY OPINION. THEY DID HAVE A GREAT YEAR.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    Want to remind the guys in the press box who said the Dodgers will win the pennant, the Braves won their last series with the Dodgers. Two, there is only a 4 game difference between the two clubs and the season has 2 more weeks. Three, the NLW is the weakest division in the NL with the second place Diamondbacks 20.5 games back and the only other team above .500 (barely). The NLE has 4 teams over .500 as well as the wild card leader. We all know teams play more games within their division than outside it. I think the Dodgers are going to be tough to beat, but if its the Braves and Dodgers in the NLCS, we will see a 7th game and a repeat of 1991.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    I was here live and enjoyed these teams playing each other #stayinthefight

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Get rid of umps

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Barry bonds was on steroids

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  • September 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    What is the name of the song that plays at the very beginning before the actual broadcast starts?

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    …52 minutes of BS before the first pitch…

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  • September 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Hey cool it's #13 on trending!

    It was also played on Friday the 13th.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    World Series here we Come 🙏

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    Baseball is for gays

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    ese mama guevo de acuña jr

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  • September 14, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    hi

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  • September 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    https://soundcloud.com/user-394515404/idgaf

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  • September 14, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Hello

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  • September 14, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    I jumped to 3:55:00 and was done watching in 2 minutes. Yes.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 11:25 pm
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    A recent study at Havard found that people suffering from Insomnia had 90% increase in sleep while watching baseball. Slightly higher then soccer

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Baseball with no commercials. Few things in life are better than this.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Blocked the game after 8 innings, WTH?

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  • September 15, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    The best plays

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  • September 15, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    Subscribe

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  • September 15, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Niceeeee!!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    First time watching a game on YouTube, good broadcast.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Got braves!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    MY CAP LOCKS ARE NOT STUCK. I LIKE TYPING IN BOLD LETTERS. IF IT BOTHERS YOU IM SORRY. I REALLY THINK THE BRAVES ARE A VERY VERY GREAT TEAM, BUT I REALLY FEEL IN THE REAL WORLD, THEY WILL FREEZE IN POST SEASON AND NOT MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES. I FEEL STRONGLY THE DODGERS WILL BE THERE IN THE WORLD SERIES. THE BRAVES HAD A SUPER GREAT SEASON, BUT UNLESS ANGELS ARE WITH THEM AND EXTREME LUCK GOES THERE WAY, THEY WILL NOT MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES. I PERSONNALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE BRAVES IN THE WORLD SERIES, BUT I JUST DONT THINK ITS GOING TO HAPPEN. IF BY SOME CHANCE THEY MAKE IT TO THE WORLD SERIES, WIN OR LOSE IT, THEY EARNED IT GETTING THERE. TIME WILL TELL. THE DODGERS HAVE A VERY STRONG TEAM AND WHEN THE MONEYS ON THE TABLE THEY USUALLY PULL THROUGH. THATS ALL IM SAYING.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    As a soldier overseas I’m glad I can still watch my Bravos. Go Braves!!!

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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    #38 on trending

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Bring pache to the major league

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  • September 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    The Braves need pache

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  • September 16, 2019 at 9:10 am
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    Stupid most brainless game in world 😝😝

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  • September 16, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    ta gueule heidi

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  • September 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    MLB on tbs should be on a Friday night instead of a Sunday afternoon

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  • September 16, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    E

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    3:46:10 BLOOOOOOOOPER!!!!!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Watching the Braves is always amazing.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    sever 1:26:20

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