Braves Vs. Nationals: Nationals Chien-Ming Wang Puts A Hurting On Atlanta Braves

Wang collected his first Major League hit on a day that it was announced the Taiwanese righty is in possible talks with Washington for an extension.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Do Some Damage To Braves Playoff Hopes With 4-1 Win

The Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-1 and it was a big game for a couple reasons. First, the Nationals have cut the Braves Wild Card lead down to two which is going to put pressure on Atlanta to make the playoffs as the Nationals play the old , "If we aren't going, you aren't either" card. Second, Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang completed his 2011 campaign with his fourth win of the season and he also collected his first Major League hit.

Pitching wise, Wang went six innings, giving up four hits, one run, walking none and striking out four. It was another solid performance from the big Taiwanese right hander who is in supposed talks with the Nationals currently for an extension. In the fourth inning Wang was able to collect his first Major League hit off Atlanta's Brandon Beachy which also was a RBI single to score second baseman Danny Espinosa.

Wang's only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the fifth inning.

Chris Marrero scored a RBI in the second and Espinosa added a two-RBI single in the fourth to complete the Nationals scoring. Closer Drew Storen collected his 41st save of the season.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Score: Chien-Ming Wang Scores First Major League Hit, Nats Lead Braves 4-1

The Washington Nationals have a 4-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning. Strong pitching from Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang, aggressive offense and strong defense have put the Nationals ahead with Wang even adding a little with the bat.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Wang took a second pitch, 92 mph fastball from Brandon Beachy and hit a sharp cheddar line drive past the diving Braves first baseman for his first Major League hit in 33 career at-bats. The hit scored Danny Espinosa to give the Nationals a 4-1 lead.

Pitching wise Wang has gone five innings giving up one run on four hits. He has walked none and struck out three. His only mistake thus far has been giving up a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the top of the fifth.

In the second inning Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero hit a RBI single and in the fourth Danny Espinosa hit a two-RBI single.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Pudge Rodriguez Gets The Start In Saturday Matinee Against Braves

Pudge's battery mate will be Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang who is coming off his longest start of 2011.

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