Last night's win was good. This one was better.
Cameron Maybin made up for a costly missed catch earlier in the game with the walk-off hit in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 2-1.
Manny Banuelos debuted for the Braves opposite Max Scherzer and was very impressive. In 5.2 innings, Banuelos allowed just two hits (both singles) and struck out seven without a walk. He was cruising until the sixth inning when he plunked Denard Span and Danny Espinosa in succession with two outs. He was subsequently removed from the game due to what was diagnosed as leg cramps and dehydration.
He did, however, leave with the lead. In the fifth inning, Juan Uribe led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Andrelton Simmons, breaking the scoreless tie.
The Braves held that lead until the seventh. Bryce Harper led off the inning, and hit a fly ball to Cameron Maybin. Maybin attempted a sliding catch, but the ball hit him in the glove and rolled out. Harper was credited with a double, and scored shortly thereafter on a single by Wilson Ramos to retie the game.
Meanwhile, Scherzer was still going strong. After Simmons was caught stealing following his RBI hit, Scherzer retired the next 10 Braves in order and was still on the mound in the ninth inning. Pedro Ciriaco led off with an infield hit and was sacrificed to second with Cameron Maybin coming up. Maybin atoned for his drop in the biggest way possible: a base hit over third that scored Ciriaco to win the game in walk-off fashion for the Braves. The Nats wanted to challenge since the ball bounced fair over third and landed foul, but the call wasn't challengeable. Braves beat Max Scherzer and take the series.
Jason Grilli was credited with the win.