Washington series typical of the season

The Braves looked great in the first two games but came back down to Earth in games three and four against the Nationals.

This entire season has been up and down for the Braves. They'll be great one week and then the next week you'll wonder if they'll ever win again.

The series with the Washington Nationals is symbolic of the entire season for the Braves. They won the first two games of the series, but then they lost the last two games to the once-again first place Nationals.

The Braves scored one run on nine hits in the last two games of the series. The pitching staff gave up seven runs on 16 hits in the final two games.

Atlanta now moves on to Houston. After a day off, they'll play three games with the Astros starting Tuesday.

B.J. Upton is now down to .202 after a 1-for-18 series. He's now hitting .171 in the month of June. How long will manager Fredi Gonzalez keep him in the two hole in the lineup? It's arguable that Upton shouldn't be in the lineup at all.

Tommy La Stella is now hitting .100 (2-for-20) as the lead off man. Meanwhile, Jason Heyward is hitting .294 (5-for-17) as the fifth place hitter.

Evan Gattis' 20-game hitting streak ended Sunday as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. He's still hitting .294 for the season. Gattis has 27 hits (in 72 at bats) this month, which is seven more than Dan Uggla has for the entire season (in 123 at bats).

The Braves are next to last in runs scored in MLB with 268. That's 3.57 runs per game. Atlanta is now back to only one game over the .500 mark with a 38-37 record. They are 21-30 since the 17-7 start to the season.

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