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Nats look to sweep series and doubleheader

Happy sixth birthday Screech.

Thanks to a strong outing by Jason Marquis—just two runs over seven-plus innings—and some heavy hitting, the Nationals took the first game of today’s doubleheader. Here are the lineups for Game 2:

Brewers:

 Rickie Weeks – 2B

Carlos Gomez – CF

Ryan Braun – LF

Prince Fielder – 1B

Casey McGehee – 3B

Yunesky Bentancourt – SS

George Kottaras – C

Erick Almonte – RF

Marco Estrada – P

 Nationals:

 Danny Espinosa – 2B

Rick Ankiel – CF

Michael Morse – LF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Laynce Nix – RF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Livan Hernandez – P

 *In his career against the Brewers, Livan Hernandez is 8-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 21 shots.

 *Former Nat Nyjer Morgan, who was traded to Milwaukee towards the end of Spring Training, is still not in the starting lineup for the Brewers.

 *Marco Estrada, a former sixth-round draft pick by the Nationals, will be facing his former franchise for the first time. He had been claimed off of waivers by the Brewers in February of last year.

It’s a beautiful day for a doubleheader

Todd Coffey won’t be seen sprinting out of the Nationals’ bullpen anytime soon—the team placed him on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain, retroactive to April 9. In his place, Washington has recalled Collin Balester, who earned his promotion after pitching five scoreless innings with Triple-A Syracuse. Balester, who transitioned to the bullpen last season, pitched to at 2.57 ERA in 2010 with the Nationals.

 Lineups:

 Brewers:

2B Rickie Weeks

SS Craig Counsell

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Mark Kotsay

C Jonathan Lucroy

CF Carlos Gomez

P Yovani Gallarado

 Nationals:

2B Danny Espinosa

CF Rick Ankiel

RF Jayson Werth

1B Adam LaRoche

LF Michael Morse

SS Ian Desmond

C Ivan Rodriguez

3B Alex Cora

P Jayson Marquis

 *This is the first game of a traditional single-admission doubleheader between the Nats and the Brewers. This is due to the fact that yesterday’s game was pushed back due to the heavy rainstorm the soaked much of the east coast.

 *In 19 plate appearances against Yovani Gallardo, Adam LaRoche has batted .313 with a double, a home run, and three walks.

 *Former National leadoff man and center fielder Nyjer Morgan has yet to appear in the starting lineup in this series thus far. However, former Nat Wil Nieves started in Game 1.

 *Game 2 of the doubleheader will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends. A second lineup post will be made when that information becomes available, so be sure to check this space.

Desmond moved to 7th in the lineup

The Nationals felt Ian Desmond could be their leadoff hitter when they traded Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers. It is only coincidence that the first day he is dropped in the lineup is the same day Morgan is back at Nationals Park—but he isn’t in the starting lineup. Desmond may still be the Nats leadoff hitter but he will bat seventh tonight after hitting .180 (9-for-50) with a .212 on-base percentage with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

Espinosa will slide into the top spot for the night and his performance will likely dictate the length of time he stays there. Espinosa is batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .405 OBP. So far this season, he has worked the count slightly more than Desmond: 3.86 pitches per PA to 3.62.

Brewers

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

RF Erick Almonte

C Wil Nieves

LHP Chris Narveson

 Nationals

2B Danny Espinosa

CF Rick Ankiel

RF Jayson Werth

1B Adam LaRoche

C Wilson Ramos

LF Michael Morse

SS Ian Desmond

3B Jerry Hairston Jr.

LHP Tom Gorzelanny

*This is the first time former Nationals Wil Nieves and Nyjer Morgan will be stepping foot inside Nationals Park since they joined the Brewers. Nieves will be behind the plate to start, though Morgan is not in the starting lineup.

 *Though no one in the Nationals starting lineup has seen much of Chris Narveson, Rick Ankiel, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche all have hits off of the lefty. LaRoche also has a RBI off of Narveson.

 *As a former Cub, Tom Gorzelanny has seen a lot of the Brewers. In his career, he’s 4-3 against the Brew Crew in 10 starts with 47 strikeouts.

Lineups

Brewers (4-6):

1.      Rickie Weeks – 2B

2.      Craig Counsell – SS

3.      Ryan Braun – LF

4.      Prince Fielder – 1B

5.      Casey McGehee – 3B

6.      Jim Edmonds – CF

7.      Corey Hart – RF

8.      George Kottaras – C

9.      Randy Wolf – SP (1-0. 4.05 ERA)

 

*The Brewers have allowed 18 home runs through their first 10 games of the year, which is the most ever allowed by the team through its first 10 games.  The previous mark was 17 HR in 1999 and 2001.

*With his two-out double in the fifth inning last night, Rickie Weeks became the fifth player in Brewer history to start the season with a 10-game hitting streak.

 

 Nationals (5-5):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ian Desmond – SS

7.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

8.      Justin Maxwell – RF

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (1-0. 0.00 ERA)

*Last night’s game marked the second consecutive game the Nationals used an 8th-inning rally to claim their first lead en route to victory.

*With his two-out single in the first inning last night, Cristian Guzman recorded his 500th hit as a member of the Washington Nationals…he became just the second National to reach that plateau, joining Ryan Zimmerman (676).

*Matt Capps secured the final two outs of last night’s win to pocket his fifth save of 2010.  Capps is MLB’s only closer with multiple saves who has saved every club win in 2010.

 

Nats are back at home and lineups


Nyjer Morgan NatsTown.jpgIt is a b-e-a-utiful day in NatsTown. It is cliché–even corny–but that’s why I like to say it because it really is. The temperature is in the mid-80s and the sun is shining down as the Nats start to warm up. The Nats are off to their second best start since moving to DC in 2005. They started the 2005 season 5-4 but Washington’s other nine-game starts weren’t as memorable: 2-7 in 2006, 1-8 in 2007, 3-6 in 2008 and 1-8 in 2009. The Nats kick off a 10 game homestand before they play the next 25 of 36 games on the road. For those interested in catching the Brewers, Rockies and Dodgers this season at Nationals Park, keep in mind that this is their only trip to the Nation’s Capital this season. 

Brewers (4-5):

1.      Rickie Weeks – 2B

2.      Corey Hart – RF

3.      Ryan Braun – LF

4.      Prince Fielder – 1B

5.      Casey McGehee – 3B

6.      Carlos Gomez – CF

7.      Gregg Zaun – C

8.      Alcides Escobar – SS

9.      Yovani Gallardo – SP (0-2. 6.75 ERA)

*Prince Fielder has played in 194 straight games, which is the longest active consecutive games streak in the Major Leagues.

*Rickie Weeks has had a wonderful opening week, pun slightly intended. He has hit safely in each of his first nine games this season and is batting .333 with two home runs and seven RBI. He is looking to become just the fifth player in franchise history to open the season with a hitting streak of at least 10 games.

*Ryan Braun went 4-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in the 8-6 win over the Cubs yesterday.

 Nationals (4-5):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Willie Harris – RF

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ian Desmond – SS

7.      Adam Kennedy – 3B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (1-1. 8.13 ERA)

*Ryan Zimmerman will be held out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game with a sore hamstring but he could be a key bat off the bench late in the game. See yesterday’s two-run home run in the eighth inning for proof.

*Nyjer Morgan is batting .333 (5-for-15) with four walks, a stolen base and a .500 OBP in the last four games.

*Capps is the first Nationals closer to earn the save in each of the Nationals’ first four wins of a season. The only other franchise closer able to make this claim was Rocky Biddle in 2004. Biddle secured the save in each of the Expos’ first five wins that season.

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