The Washington Times - April 7, 2011, 09:57AM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Nationals are looking to break their first losing streak of the young season and there’s no question that task is a tall one, considering they’ll be trying to do it against right-hander Josh Johnson.

Johnson, who is a dominant 7-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the Nationals, threw six no-hit innings against the New York Mets in his first start of the season.


“(It) always is (tough against Johnson).” said first baseman Adam LaRoche. “He’s a rock-solid pitcher. That’s one where you’ve got to grind out your at-bats and try to push some runs across.”

With that in mind, here are the Nationals’ numbers against Johnson:

Ian Desmond: .200 AVG in 5 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .200 OBP, .400 SLG, 3 K

Jayson Werth: .214 AVG in 14 at-bats, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .353 OBP, .214 SLG, 9 K

Ryan Zimmerman: .231 AVG in 26 at-bats, 2 RBI, 5 BB, .355 OBP, .231 SLG, 4 K

Adam LaRoche: .200 AVG in 15 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .368 OBP, .267 SLG, 7 K

Michael Morse: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: .273 AVG in 11 at-bats, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .429 OBP, .364 SLG, 4 K

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

John Lannan: 0-for-2 in 2 at-bats, 1 RBI, 1 K


Jerry Hairston Jr.: .286 AVG in 7 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .286 OBP, .714 SLG, 2 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 0-for-3 in 3 at-bats

Lannan picked up the Nationals’ only win of the season in his first start of the year, a performance twice delayed by rain. He is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA against the Marlins in seven career starts against them.