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Braves pitcher Alex Wood faced 19 straight batters without allowing a hit until Ian Desmond's homer in the seventh. Alex Wood retired 18 of 19 batters until Ian Desmond’s homer in the seventh.

I’ll post a column soon on the Braves-Nationals series finale on (all blogs and columns linked here).Until then, here are my three “short takes” on the game.

1. Disaster? Not quite: The Braves lost to Washington 2-1 Sunday. But they went into this season-opening six-game road trip amid concerns about the youth and inexperience of the pitching rotation and emerged with a 4-2 record, winning series over Milwaukee and Washington. Braves pitchers — led by starters Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Aaron Harang and David Hale — have allowed only nine runs in 53 innings for a cumulative staff ERA of 1.53. The offense hasn’t been great but manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “If I had a choice, I’d rather have it this way and have great pitching and let the hitting come later.”

2. Pitching…

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