Nats botch several rundowns, give up weird run vs. Braves originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Tuesday wasn't the Washington National's night as they struggled against the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves. After being down 9-1 through four innings, the Nationals conceded another run in an odd fashion.
With runners on first and second base and Ozzie Albies at the plate, the second baseman grounded out to first. After Josh Bell's throw to second sailed high, chaos ensued.
Braves outfielder Guillermo Heredia took advantage of the high throw and pickle between first and second base to try and catch the Nationals off guard as he attempted to head home. The Nats then shifted their focus to the third baseline as Heredia was suddenly caught in a jam.
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Following a few throws back and forth from the Nats, Heredia crashed into catcher Keibert Ruiz. Since Ruiz blocked Heredia's path back to third, the Braves were awarded a run on interference.
After all of the commotion, even the Nationals' Twitter account couldn't explain the sequence of events that resulted in the run to score.
It was a nightmare start to the game for the Nats, as the Braves sent 25 hitters to the plate through the first three innings Tuesday night.