The Washington Times - April 30, 2011, 09:58AM

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