ATLANTA — The last time the Nationals faced Derek Lowe it was on a freezing, rainy Opening Day in Washington and the Braves’ sinkerballer kept the Nationals at bay all afternoon.
Suffice it to say that it’ll be an easier day to hit when they face him for the second time this season tonight at Turner Field, but Lowe’s also coming off a near no-hitter against Philadelphia in his last time out. Recovered from a blister that hampered him toward the end of his pitcher’s duel with Cliff Lee on Friday night, Lowe is faced with playing the role of stopper as the Nationals look for the three-game sweep over the Braves.
A sweep to end this road trip would be extremely significant for the Nationals.
How significant? Courtesy of Nationals PR man Mike Gazda, a win tonight would give the Nationals their first winning multi-city road trip in three years. The last time was a 4-3 trip through New York and Baltimore May 12-18, 2008.
Lowe, who is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA this season, is 9-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals.
Here’s how the Nationals have done in the past against Lowe:
Roger Bernadina: 2-for-12 (.167), 1 2B, 1 RBI, .167 OBP, 4 K
Ian Desmond: 5-for-17 (.294), 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, .368 OBP, 7 K
Jayson Werth: 8-for-30 (.267), 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, .324 OBP, 4 K
Adam LaRoche: 1-for-17 (.059), 1 HR, 5 RBI, .056 OBP, 3 K
Wilson Ramos: 1-for-8 (.125), 3 K
Michael Morse: 2-for-15 (.133), 2 HR, 3 RBI, .188 OBP, 5 K
Danny Espinosa: 2-for-6 (.333), 1 K
Jerry Hairston Jr.: 7-for-33 (.212), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, .257 OBP, 7 K
Jordan Zimmermann: 0-for-1
Ivan Rodriguez: 7-for-30 (.233), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .281 OBP, 8 K
Matt Stairs: 2-for-15 (.133), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, .211, 3 K
Alex Cora: 2-for-10 (.200), 1 2B, 1 RBI
Laynce Nix: 0-for-4, 2 K