Lineups 8/4


Coghlan – LF

Johnson – 1B

Ramirez – SS

Cantu – 3B

Uggla – 2B

Hermida – RF

Ross – CF

Baker – C

Johnson – P (RHP, 10-2, 2.87)



Morgan – CF

Guzman – SS

Willingham – LF

Dunn – 1B

Dukes – RF

Harris – 3B

Gonzalez – 2B

Nieves – C

Martin – P (RHP, 0-2, 7.50)


The Nationals are now undefeated in their last four series, going 2-0-2.

Josh Willingham was named NL Co-Player of the Week on Monday for the period ending August 2. Willingham went 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and five walks in six games on the week to earn the citation. He shared the weekly award with the Giants Tim Lincecum (2-0, did not allow an earned run in 17.0 innings). Willingham’s candidacy was buoyed by his historic two grand slam, 8-RBI effort on July 27 at Miller Park. With that effort, Josh became just the 13th Big Leaguer, the third NL player, in baseball history to hit two bases loaded homers in the same game.

Cristian Guzman has hit safely in 10 straight games, going 19-for-43 (.436) with four doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored. Guzman is in the midst of the Nationals’ sixth double-digit hit streak of the season, one (a 10-gamer, June 17-27) of which he registered himself.

The Nationals hope to fry the fish tonight and end the 10-game skid. Going back to the final game last season, the Marlins have posted 10 consecutive wins over the Nationals. The 10-game win streak ties a Marlins record for longest win streak against one opponent, most recently done against the Chicago Cubs from April 26, 2006-September 27, 2007.

Nick Johnson is playing for a different team but getting the same results. He is tied for fourth in the National League with an on-base percentage of .412.  In his Marlins debut Saturday night, he reached base in five of his six plate appearances, drawing two walks, collecting two hits and being hit by a pitch. He became the first Marlins player in franchise history to reach base safely five times in their Marlins debut. He was traded to the Marlins on July 31 in exchange for LHP Aaron Thompson. While with the Nats, he posted a .295 average (104-for-353) with six home runs and 44 RBI in 98 games.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is batting .349 (84-for-241) with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs in 61 career games against the Nationals.


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