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Dan Haren delivers gem to shut down Braves

May 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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Dan Haren hasn’t had the smoothest start to the season, but he was in vintage form tonight against the division rival Braves, tossing eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory. The victory gave Washington a split of the four-game series and pushed the club back over .500 at 15-14.

Haren limited the Braves to just four hits on the night, with the lone run scoring on a solo homer by Dan Uggla in the bottom of the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander was very efficient, throwing 62 out of 91 pitches for strikes while issuing just one walk and notching four strikeouts. Rafael Soriano worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his ninth save.

Denard Span led the charge for the offense, going 3-for-4 with a walk. After he doubled and came around to score on a single by Steve Lombardozzi in the first inning, he delivered a two-run double one inning later. Kris Medlen, Cody Gearrin and Jordan Walden shut down the Nats’ offense the rest of the way, but that was all the support Haren needed.

This was the first time this season that Haren pitched past the sixth inning. It was also the first time that he had thrown at least eight innings in a start since May 24 of last year, a span of 25 outings. There’s reason for optimism with his last two starts, though, as he has allowed just three runs in 14 innings to improve his ERA to 5.01. Not bad considering that he was touched up for 19 runs (15 earned) in 18 1/3 innings over his first four starts. If Haren can get going again, this rotation has the potential to be very, very dangerous.

  1. atltoarizona - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I’ll give it to him, he pitched one heck of a game. But did anyone else notice how Bob Costas was talking as if he was the reigning Cy Young winner and the Nationals were reigning World Series champs?

    • natslady - May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      No. Because I was listening to our local guys. Even though our guys are definite “homers,” they know more about BOTH teams than national guys who are just reading from publicity sheets and reporting their “impressions” of the situation.

    • chumthumper - May 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Wasn’t privy to the game. What soap box was Costas on last night?

      • rcali - May 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        So good chumthumber, so good. I’ve had my fill of Costas.

  2. mungman69 - May 3, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Just don’t listen to national ( not Nationals) announcers. They all rub me the wrong way.

  3. twilson962 - May 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Who was that last night? Haren’s Doppleganger? He looks like Haren…sounds like Haren… but didn’t pitch like him.

    • jarathen - May 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      There is another Dan Haren. You may have seen him before 2012. He was a pretty darn good pitcher.

      • twilson962 - May 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        LOL. Well done. hahahaa

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