The Washington Times - April 19, 2011, 04:17PM

ST. LOUIS — The Nationals offense finally exploded on Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hasn’t opted to change too much from the formula that gave him success this past weekend.

Why should he? The main moving parts in the lineup, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa, both thrived in their new slots in the series sweep of the Brewers with Desmond breaking through at home after an 0-for-29 streak inside Nationals Park to begin the season and Espinosa putting on a show on Sunday with a three-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader and a three-run triple in the second, both coming from the left side of the plate.


Michael Morse is back in the No. 6 spot in the lineup but with Wilson Ramos catching, it makes sense for the Nationals to give the guy with the .414 average the potential for a few more at-bats.

Here are the full lineups for the Nationals’ first game of a three-game series with the Cardinals:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
John Lannan P 


Ryan Theriot SS
Colby Rasmus CF
Albert Pujols 1B
Matt Holliday LF
Lance Berkman RF
David Freese 3B
Yadier Molina C
Tyler Greene 2B
Jake Westbrook P