Nats open four game series vs. Giants

Last night, new dad Ian Desmond made an immediate impact on his return from paternity leave. Desmond led the offense with a triple in the fourth and launched a long ball into the visitor’s bullpen the following inning en route to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Mets. The win snapped a short-lived three-game losing skid and hopefully will serve to garner momentum into the series against the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, who are in town for the first and last time for a four-game series starting tonight.

 Giants:

Aaron Rowand – CF

Freddy Sanchez – 2B

Aubrey Huff – 1B

Buster Posey – C

Pablo Sandoval – 3B

Pat Burrell – LF

Miguel Tejada – SS

Cody Ross – RF

Tim Lincecum – P

 Nationals:

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Rick Ankiel – CF

Jayson Werth – RF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Laynce Nix – LF

Ian Desmond – SS

Alex Cora – 3B

Jason Marquis – P

 *Jason Marquis, tonight’s starting pitcher, is 4-3 in 10 career starts against the Giants. He’s struck out 42 over 74.2 career innings with an ERA of just 2.77.

 *Throughout his career in the NL, Adam LaRoche has seen a lot of the Giants. In 200 plate appearances against San Fran, he’s hit for a .302 batting average with 21 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs. He’s also maintained an on-base percentage of .370 against the Giants.

 *Against Tim Lincecum specifically, LaRoche has knocked out two home runs and a double for four RBI. Jayson Werth also has two homers against the multiple Cy Young Award-winner and has batted .267 in his career against him.

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