Reporting Sky Kerstein
Jayson Werth led off for the first time in just over a year and it worked out for the Nationals beating the Padres two to one for the second game in a row at Petco Park in San Diego.
The first inning is all the Nationals needed and it started off with an Ian Desmond double scoring Danny Espinosa then Wilson Ramos knocking in Desmond with a single and that was it for the Nats bats the rest of the game. In the bottom of the second the Padres got one back when Anthony Rizzo popped his first career home run with a solo shot but that was it for the scoring for either team the rest of the game.
John Lannan continues his solid season going 6.1 innings, giving up six hits, one run, walking two and striking out one and improving to 4-5 on the season. The Nationals bullpen also did the job with Todd Coffey, Tyler Clippard then Drew Storen throwing a perfect 2 2/3rds innings to end the ball game including combining on four strikeouts. For Storen that’s his 14th save of the season and Clippard got his 16th hold.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman not only had Werth lead off but moved Lannan to the 8th spot and had Brian Bixler hit ninth. Bixler went 2 for 2 in the ninth spot so don’t be surprised to see this line up once again. The Nationals wore 1936 Washington Senators throw backs for the game. Roger Bernadina didn’t play with left hamstring tightness and Jerry Hairston was back in the line up after having back spasms the last three games. Jason Marquis also started his five game suspension.
The Nationals, who have won two out of three, close out their four game series with the Padres and their eleven game road trip overall on Sunday. Jordan Zimmermann (4-6, 3.39 ERA) will be on the mound of the Nats against the Padres Tim Stauffer (2-4, 3.58 ERA) for a 4:05pm first pitch which you can hear on 106.7 The FAN.