The Nationals were able to make Tim Lincecum look human Friday night, continuing a trend where the San Francisco Giants right-hander struggles against Washington.
Ian Desmond, who was 3-for-3 on Friday and is now 5-for-7 since returning from paternity leave, is now 5-for-6 against Lincecum in his career but didn’t put too much stock into solving him.
“I felt good (Friday),” Desmond said. “I’ve just been trying to grind it out. I finally feel like my swing is really where I want it to be. That’s the ups and downs of the season. Hopefully I can ride this one out for a while.”
The Nationals are hoping for that, too, and they’ll get their next opportunity to keep that roll going against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in a lefty-lefty matchup with Sanchez facing John Lannan.
Here’s how the Nationals have done against Sanchez in the past:
Danny Espinosa: Never faced
Rick Ankiel: 0-for-4, 2 K
Jayson Werth: 0-for-15, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
Adam LaRoche: 4-for-8 (.500), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .556 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 3 K
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Michael Morse: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ian Desmond: 0-for-2
Jerry Hairston Jr.: 2-for-13 (.154), 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .214 OBP, 3 K
John Lannan: Never faced
Ivan Rodriguez: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 2B, 1 RBI
Alex Cora: 1-for-3 (.333)
Brian Bixler: 0-for-2, 2 K
Matt Stairs: 0-for-1, 1 K