The Washington Times - May 30, 2011, 09:56AM

Three straight one-run games — two of them losses — and the Nationals are in dire need of a Baltimore-esque blowout. The only bad news is that their opponent today is Roy Halladay. Tomorrow it’s Cliff Lee and Wednesday it’s Roy Oswalt. 

While the Nationals will partake in a festive day at the ballpark today for Memorial Day, there is no rest for the weary. Coming off a 1-7 road trip, the Nationals desperately needed to take at least two of three from the San Diego Padres before opening a three-game set with Philadelphia. They did not. Now they’re faced with taking at least one game from Halladay, Lee or Oswalt in order to leave Washington with more than one victory on the homestand.


It’s a tall task.

Here’s how they’ve done in the past vs. Halladay:

Rick Ankiel: 2-for-5 (.400), 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB

Danny Espinosa: 1-for-10 (.100), 1 RBI, 3 K

Jayson Werth: 2-for-8 (.250), 4 K

Laynce Nix: 3-for-10 (.300), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K

Michael Morse: 0-for-6, 1 K

Wilson Ramos: 2-for-6 (.333), 1 RBI, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 3-for-28 (.107), 2 BB, 8 K

Alex Cora: 4-for-29 (.138), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

Livan Hernandez: 0-for-1, 1 K


Ivan Rodriguez: 14-for-39 (.359), 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 K

Matt Stairs: 10-for-28 (.357), 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Brian Bixler: 0-for-1, 1 K

Roger Bernadina: 0-for-6, 1 K

Ian Desmond: 2-for-14 (.143), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K