08/22/12 7:58 PM ET
Fredi shakes things up a bit in series finale
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
Gonzalez gave days off to catcher Brian McCann, second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Michael Bourn. The skipper said it's not a benching, just a day off, something players need from time to time.
Bourn went 0-for-8 in the first two games of the Washington series, and Uggla was 1-for-10. McCann fared better, going 3-for-8 against the Nationals.
Reed Johnson started in center and batted second. David Ross caught and hit sixth, with Tyler Pastornicky (second base) batting seventh.
Gonzalez said this is not a benching or anything like that. He gave Chipper Jones the night off on Tuesday, and might very well do the same thing Thursday since the Braves play in San Francisco after a long overnight trip following the series finale.
"It's just giving them a day, and they all knew about it," Gonzalez said. "We had talked about it. They were fine."
The good news was that these moves give the manager three All-Stars on the bench. Gonzalez said it's not always an easy thing to make changes like this.
"I think most people and most fans think it's easy, but when you live with these guys and you know the hard work that they put in in the cages, it's [tough]," Gonzalez said. "When those guys get up to the batter's box, you're in there with them. It's difficult to come and tell somebody 'You're not playing.'"
Pastornicky gets first start since return from Triple-A
WASHINGTON -- One of the lineup changes that manager Fredi Gonzalez made for Wednesday's series finale with the Nationals gave Tyler Pastornicky his first start since being recalled in mid-July.
Pastornicky was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on July 14 and hasn't gotten a start since. He batted seventh and played second base -- also a spot he had yet to start at this season. He's got 40 starts at shortstop.
"I'm excited to get out there and play," Pastornicky said before the game. "It's been awhile, so it's definitely something to look forward to. You get out there and have some fun."
It's been so long between starts that Pastornicky wasn't even sure when his last one was -- but he doesn't care where Gonzalez puts him.
"If it's the outfield, short, second, wherever it is, I'm ready to go out and help the team win," Pastornicky said.
Pastornicky came into the game with a .256 batting average in 62 games. He's had hit two homers and driven in 13 runs.
Nats honor Chipper in final scheduled DC game
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals honored Chipper Jones before Wednesday's game, as this will be the final time the Atlanta third baseman plays a regular-season game in Washington.
They kept it a bit tongue-in-cheek, giving Jones the third-base bag used in Monday's 13-inning marathon, one that was signed by the Nationals.
In addition, Jones also got a picture of former teammates and current Nationals Mark DeRosa and Adam LaRoche.
The Nationals also returned to Jones the bat he used to hit the first home run at Nationals Park. That came in the first game played at Washington's then-new ballpark on March 30, 2008, when Jones hit a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Washington also congratulated Jones with a message and a video.
Freddie Freeman and Uggla entered Wednesday tied for third in the Major Leagues with 36 two-out RBIs. Kyle Seager of the Mariners is first with 40, and Miguel Cabrera from the Tigers is next with 37.
Uggla needs just three hits to reach 1,000 for his career.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.