Edwin Jackson held the Baltimore Orioles to a run on five hits in 8.0 IP when he faced the O's in Nationals Park back on May 18th. The 28-year-old Nats' right-hander received no decision in that game, but he's (5-1) in ten games and eight starts against the AL East franchise in his 10-year MLB career, having allowed 43 hits, 21 runs, 20 earned, three HR's and 19 walks (3.09 BB/9) while recording 48 K's (7.80 K/9) and posting a 3.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and .217 BAA in 55.1 IP against the O's. Last time out, E-Jax gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks in 6.0 innings against another AL team, the East-leading Yankees from New York who got a strong start from Ivan Nova (7.0 IP, 1 R, 7 H). "[Jackson] pitched a great ballgame against a tough lineup," Davey Johnson told reporters after that game, "Kept us in the ballgame. Again, offensively we're just coming up a little short." The Nationals look to rebound tonight after the offense came up short in the Nats' 2-1 loss to the Orioles in the first of three in Camden Yards.
E-Jax takes the hill for the Nationals for the fourteenth time this season tonight in Baltimore. The Nats' skipper called Jackson's last outing a "gutty effort" which started with a 24 pitch first in which he gave up a run and ended with a 25-pitch sixth in which he put two runners on with no outs and pitched out of a jam to keep the Nationals close in what was then a 2-1 game in the Yankees' favor. Jackson's allowed three runs or less in each of his last eight starts, posting a 2.63 ERA over that stretch. In three June starts, the Nats' right-hander has put up a 2.57 ERA and a 4.77 FIP with 10 walks and 10 K's in 21.0 IP and in four career starts in Baltimore, Jackson's (2-1) with a 5.16 ERA, seven walks (2.77 BB/9) and 19 K's (7.54 K/9) in 22.2 IP.
• Here's the lineup that will be backing Jackson up as the Nats take on the O's in game two of three at Camden Yards:
#Nationals lineup vs. Baltimore - Espinosa 4, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, Morse DH, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Moore 7, Nady 9, Flores 2 - Jackson 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 23, 2012