Ozzie Albies had three hits and scored three times for Atlanta, which lost 8-1 in the series opener Monday. Freeman added a run-scoring single off Enny Romero in the fifth.
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Braves: Camargo (right oblique strain) is expected to play for Advanced Class A Florida on Thursday. He is eligible to come off the 10-day DL as soon as Wednesday, but the Braves would like to see him play a full nine-inning game before he is activated…. C Kurt Suzuki (bruised right hand) hit and threw before the game but likely won’t play before Friday.
The start of the game was delayed 12 minutes by a partial malfunction on one bank of outfield lights.
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Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (1-0) is 7-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 17 career games, including 15 starts, against Atlanta entering Wednesday’s final game of the series. He was 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA against the Braves in 2017.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-0) was 1-2 with a 6.64 ERA in four starts against the Nationals in 2017. He allowed three runs, two earned, against Philadelphia on Friday night.
And if you think the 17-inning affair skews the numbers, as Maddon referenced, then consider that the Cubs also helped extend that game by striking out so much. It’s a cycle they’ve been trying to break, even going so far as firing their hitting coach of the past three years, John Mallee, after the team was second in scoring in the NL the past two seasons and at the top of the league in walks and on-base percentage. Plus, the Cubs won a World Series under Mallee.
Davis — who was let go by the Red Sox after last season — was supposed to tone down the swings-and-misses and increase success in situational hitting, but the Cubs are just 1-for-14 so far bringing a runner home from third base with less Kevin Labanc Youth jersey than two outs. That’s by far the worst percentage in baseball for any team with five or more opportunities in that situation. Of course, Davis will need more time than one spring training and five games.
Hopefully, no one is pressing but no one is at their peak performance, Davis said. We are the Chicago Cubs. Guys are going to raise their game against us. I expect my offense to rise to the occasion too.