What to Watch for: 7.3.13

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Milwaukee Brewers (33-49) vs. Washington Nationals (42-41)

RHP Kyle Lohse (3-6, 3.63) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (2-6, 4.13)

The Nationals and Brewers meet in the third of four games in this series as Ross Detwiler faces off against Kyle Lohse in a rematch of Game 4 of last season’s National League Division Series. Neither pitcher received a decision in that game, which was won 2-1 by the Nationals on Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Rendon 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

THE POWER OF 3

When scoring three or more runs this season, the Nationals are 37-10 (.787). However, when plating two or fewer runs, Washington is just 5-31 (.139).

NOTHING SHORT OF REMARKABLE

Ian Desmond leads all MLB shortstops with 22 doubles and 39 extra-base hits (22 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs). Remarkably, 10 of Desmond’s 15 long balls have been go-ahead homers. On Sunday, Desmond homered and tallied three RBI to established Nationals (‘05-present) records for RBI in a single month (28) and home runs (nine) in the month of June.

LIFE SPAN

Denard Span is hitting .348 (16-for-46) four walks, five doubles, a triple, nine runs scored and two RBI over 12 games dating to June 20. Span has reached base safely 20 times in those 12 games en route to a .400 OBP.

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