The Washington Times - July 22, 2009, 07:50PM

The story so far here has been two struggling lineups, well, struggling.

The Nationals and Mets are scoreless through three, the Mets not having touched Craig Stammen yet and the Nationals blowing a couple chances to score.


Stammen threw just 28 pitches in the first three innings, 20 of thems strikes. It’s the same formula that worked for John Lannan — there are some definite characteristics in Lannan that Stammen has emulated — and it’s worked so far tonight.

As for the Nationals, they got a leadoff hit from Nyjer Morgan in the first, only to have him get thrown out stealing while Cristian Guzman took a pitch. Ryan Zimmerman’s single, then, came with two outs and nobody on, and the Nats couldn’t get anything going.

In the second inning, they caught a break when Luis Castillo’s error allowed Josh Willingham to reach second safely. Willingham slid under Angel Berroa’s tag, and Castillo got ejected arguing the call. But the Nats couldn’t do anything with runners on first and second and one out.

So we’re scoreless after three. We’ll see where it goes from here.