SAN DIEGO — The Nationals have an even 100 games left in the 2011 season and they’ll take their National Leauge-worst .230 team batting average to pitcher-friendly Petco Park tonight when they open a four-game set with the San Diego Padres.
Livan Hernandez, who’s already used to little or no run support, will take the mound for the Nationals while their offense looks to see what it can do against Padres’ right-hander Aaron Harang, who they missed when the Padres visited Nationals Park at the end of May.
Here’s how the Nationals have done in the past against Harang:
Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 RBI
Ian Desmond: 1-for-2 (.500)
Jayson Werth: 2-for-11 (.182), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K
Laynce Nix: Never faced
Michael Morse: Never faced
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Danny Espinosa: Never faced
Alex Cora: 6-for-11 (.545), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Livan Hernandez: 1-for-4 (.250), 1 BB
Rick Ankiel: 3-for-7 (.429), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K
Jerry Hairston Jr.: 2-for-7 (.286)
Ivan Rodriguez: 3-for-4 (.500), 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Matt Stairs: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K