The Washington Times - August 2, 2013, 04:09PM

MILWAUKEE — The Washington Nationals arrived in Milwaukee wondering if rock bottom had finally arrived. A two-game series at Comerica Park in Detroit had left them with two embarrassing defeats and more offensive ineffectiveness to go along with pitching hiccups. They lost by a combined score of 16-2.

The Nationals have now scored one run or fewer in a remarkable 30 games this season.

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So they turn their eyes toward Jordan Zimmermann, who will pitch about as close to his hometown of Auburndale, Wisc. as he can get, to stop their skid.

For much of this season, that was about as comforting a thought as the Nationals could have, and handing the ball to their All-Star righty was as close to a sure thing as they had.

Since the All-Star break, Zimmermann’s had more mixed results. Zimmermann has an eye-popping 7.18 ERA in July, though that number is inflated by his first start back from the All-Star break, in which he lasted just two innings and gave up seven earned runs.

Anyway, the Ryan Braun-less, 46-62 Milwaukee Brewers present his next challenge. Old friend Tom Gorzelanny will pitch for Milwaukee.

Here are the full lineups:

Nationals

Bryce Harper LF
Anthony Rendon 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Denard Span CF
Wilson Ramos C
Jordan Zimmermann P

Brewers

Rickie Weeks 2B
Norichika Aoki RF
Jean Segura SS
Jonathan Lucroy C
Carlos Gomez CF
Caleb Gindl LF
Juan Francisco 1B
Jeff Bianchi 3B
Tom Gorzelanny P