What to Watch For: 9/23
Milwaukee Brewers (78-73) vs. Washington Nationals (92-59)
RHP Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.68) vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 6.92)
The Nationals pounded out 13 hits including three home runs in a 10-4 victory on Saturday to even this four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at a game apiece. Chien-Ming Wang makes his first start since June 19 as the Nats hope to solve Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo again, after hanging seven runs on the righty in five innings in Milwaukee back in July.
1. Werth RF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Morse LF
6. Desmond SS
7. Espinosa 2B
8. Suzuki C
9. Wang RHP
START ME UP
Chien-Ming Wang makes his fifth start of the season (ninth appearance) for the Nationals today against the Brewers, a club which he has never faced. Opposing Wang is Yovani Gallardo, who comes to D.C. with a string of eight straight winning decisions since July 31.
The Nationals 179 home runs are the most hit by a team representing the Nation’s Capital (1901-71, 2005-present) and the most hit in the 44-year history of the Nationals/Expos franchise. Washington ranks second in the NL this season in homers, only MIL (188) has more.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL
September 23, 2007: Austin Kearns finishes 3-for-4 with two RBI to lift the Nationals to a come-from-behind, 5-3 win over the Phillies in the 1,047th and final MLB game played at RFK Memorial Stadium. The win averted a four-game series sweep and gave the Nationals (122-121) a winning record in their three-year stay at RFK.
September 23, 2006: Nick Johnson fractures his right femur during a collision with right fielder Austin Kearns in the eighth inning of a 12-6 loss at New York. Johnson had successful surgery later that night.