Franco has 4 hits, 5 drives as the Nets beat the Braves 11-2. has trampled

ATLANTA (AP) — Machel Franco knew he needed adjustments after starting the season 1-1 for 13.

A new approach paved the way for a dramatic turnaround for Franco and the Washington citizens.

Franco scored five off four hits, including a two-run homer, as the Washington Nationals beat Huascar Yonoa and the Atlanta Braves 11-2 on Monday night.

Franco homeed a five-run run to cap the third innings, then added a three-run double on Tucker Davidson when the Nationals scored five more runs in the eighth to turn the game into a rout.

“It was a great adjustment for me today, just coming back, don’t think of anything, just go out there and look at the ball and have a great game for me and my team,” Franco said.

Franco said his main adjustments to the plate were “don’t just chase those pitches and away” and “attack my field.”

The Bahadurs (2-3) lost their second position in a row. The sold-out crowd of 42,263 left most fans with their World Series replica rings, a much-anticipated promotion, long before the end of the game.

Josh Rogers (1-0) allowed only one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings in an impressive fill-in start for Washington. The left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Rochester after scheduled starter Annibal Sanchez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a stiff neck.

When sent to Rochester, Rogers said of his feelings, “I think I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crazy or depressed.” “I tried to go to Triple-A and have a good attitude and turn the page.”

Manager Dave Martinez said he promised Rogers “‘You’re gonna be here. Be patient. You’ll be the first person we call.'”

Len Thomas scored two runs off Yonoa (0-1) in the third innings and Franco’s homer on Washington’s bullpen in left field extended the lead to 5-1.

Yanoa conceded five runs in three innings with seven hits and two walks.

“He’s still trying to figure things out,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, 23, Yonoa. “He’s not a finished product yet. … I trust him to make the adjustments he needs to make.

Spencer Strider conceded one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Ozzy Albiz doubled and scored on a two-out single from Marcel Ozuna to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the first. Rogers retired the next 10 batsmen.

Thomas scored three runs with two hits, including a run-scoring single in the seventh. Josh Bell scored two runs with two hits.

shocking announcement

Martinez met with his coaches before the game, after learning that the Nationals could be put up for sale. Martinez said managing principal owner Mark Lerner called him Monday morning to say his family was exploring the possibility of selling the team.

“I was shocked, to say the least,” Martinez said. “…we’ll see where this takes us but I don’t want any distractions here. We’re still going to play baseball and play to win. ,

big turnout

The total attendance was the fourth largest in Truist Park history. The Braves attracted over 40,000 fans in four of their first five matches. Sunday’s game against Cincinnati was a 38,233 draw.

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The National: Martínez said Sanchez, 38, was “still moving in a very strange way but he says he feels better.” The move to place Sanchez on IL with a cervical nerve bump in his neck was retroactive to Friday. “We want to make sure he’s healthy before he starts throwing,” Martinez said.

Braves: Si Mani Pina (pain in left wrist) was held without a hit in his first start of the season. Snitkar said he plans to “hold a lot” Pina as Travis D’Arnaud’s top backup.


Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.50) will start the second game of the series on Tuesday night, when he lasted only four innings, scoring five hits and two runs, to open the season to the New York Mets 5-1. in defeat. He is 6-7 with 3.48 ERA in 17 career games, including 15 starts against Atlanta.

Brave: Snitkar hasn’t announced its starter. LHP Tucker Davidson was a candidate before he had conceded five runs in 2 2/3 innings behind Yonoa and Strider. Now the Braves are more likely to call a pitcher or two from Triple-A Gwynette.


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