PITTSBURGH — When the Nationals game against the Pirates was rained out on Friday a number of things happened. First, the Nationals lost their scheduled off day for today, second, they suffered their third rainout in less than a week and third, they were saved from needing to use left-hander John Lannan on short rest to close out the series.
Lannan will lead the Nationals into a lefty-left rubber match tonight when the Nationals look to take the series from the Pirates against left-hander Paul Maholm. Maholm, who is 0-3 on the season, is coming off his worst outing of the year — a 3 2/3 innings affair where he allowed six earned runs off seven hits and three walks to the Marlins.
The Nationals offense managed a season-high 15 hits against the Pirates on Sunday. Here are their career numbers against Maholm:
Danny Espinosa: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 RBI
Rick Ankiel: 2-for-13 (.154), 1 2B, .214 OBP, 4 K
Jayson Werth: 6-for-18 (.333), 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .368 OBP, .611 SLG, 4 K
Adam LaRoche: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 2B
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Michael Morse: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 BB, .667 OBP, 1 K
Ian Desmond: 1-for-3 (.333), 1 K
Jerry Hairston Jr: 4-for-11 (.364), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .333 OBP, .727 SLG
John Lannan: 1-for-3 (.333), 1 2B, 2 K
Ivan Rodriguez: 4-for-9 (.444), 1 HR, 4 RBI, .444 OBP, .778 SLG
Alex Cora: 2-for-3 (.667), 1 2B, .667 OBP, .500 SLG