In spite of the fact that the Nationals came up empty in Washington's 1-0 series opening loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis last night, Nats' skipper Matt Williams was satisfied with his hitters' approach against right-hander Lance Lynn, who didn't give up a hit until the sixth and surrendered just two total on the night.
"We hit some balls hard," Williams said. "Denard [Span] hit one hard to left field, a breaking ball, we could have had some different innings if those go in, but that's the nature of the game. It happens that way."
It was the fourth game of the last five in which Cards' pitchers have held their opponents off the board. Lynn kept the Nats' hitters off balance throughout his time on the mound then handed the lead over to Cardinals' closer Trevor Rosenthal, whose scoreless ninth earned him his 18th save of 2014.
Williams didn't have any issues with the Nationals' approach at the plate.
"Overall over the last couple of weeks, the approach has been good," he said. "Tonight we just didn't have it, so we'll come get them tomorrow."
Washington's first-year skipper penciled in the same lineup for the second game of three in St. Louis, MO's Busch Stadium:
The Cardinals are switching things up a little bit as FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal noted on Twitter:
• Here are both lineups for tonight's game which is being broadcast on FOX:
|WASHINGTON NATIONALS||ST. LOUIS CARDINALS|
|Denard Span - CF||Matt Carpenter - 3B|
|Anthony Rendon - 3B||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Jayson Werth - RF||Matt Holliday - LF|
|Adam LaRoche - 1B||Allen Craig - RF|
|Ryan Zimmerman - LF||Yadier Molina - C|
|Ian Desmond - SS||Matt Adams - 1B|
|Danny Espinosa - 2B||Jhonny Peralta - SS|
|Jose Lobaton - C||Peter Bourjos - CF|
|S. Strasburg - RHP||Shelby Miller - RHP|
While Williams is sticking with his regular lineup for tonight's game, he told reporters in Busch Stadium that he might mix things up against Cards' lefty Jaime Garcia in the series finale on Sunday:
With lefty Garcia going tomorrow, Williams said there's a possibility Hairston starts in left, LaRoche rests & Ryan Zimmerman plays first.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) June 14, 2014
Hairston's still on the roster?