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Sunday, May 19th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (23-20) at San Diego Padres (19-23), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76)
San Diego - Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84)
(Sports Network) - Slowly but surely Washington righty Dan Haren is beginning
to find his way. The right-hander takes the ball on Sunday when the Nationals
conclude a four-game set at Petco Park.
Haren had a three-start winning streak stopped on Tuesday in Los Angeles, as
the Dodgers reached him for two runs and four hits in seven innings of the
Nats' 2-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw. He also struck out four batters without
issuing a walk and fell to 4-4 on the year to go along with a 4.76 ERA.
"My guy pitched just as good as he did. Dan Haren pitched a heck of a
ballgame," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.
Haren has faced the Padres 15 times (14 starts) and is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA
Getting the call for the Padres on Sunday will be righty Andrew Cashner, who
is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA. Cashner did not get a decision on Tuesday in
Baltimore, but pitched well, as he allowed two runs (1 earned) and five hits
in 7 1/3 frames of a 3-2 win.
"I felt my change was really good tonight," Cashner said.
This will be Cashner's first start versus Washington, but has faced them five
times out of the bullpen and is 1-0 against without allowing a run in 5 2/3
After losing the first two games of this set San Diego got itself back into
the win column on Saturday, as Everth Cabrera hit the go-ahead RBI single in
the eighth inning and Eric Stults outlasted Washington starter Jordan
Zimmermann in the Padres' 2-1 triumph.
Stults (4-3) tossed eight stellar frames, allowing just one run and four hits,
while striking out five in the win. Yonder Alonso added a homer in the
"We were, again, not real patient," Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche said.
"He (Stults) was throwing that changeup down and away, slow curveball, slider,
spotting the heater."
Steve Lombardozzi tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single for the
Nationals. Zimmermann (7-2) lasted eight innings, allowing seven hits and two
runs -- one earned -- and fanned six, though it was his error in the eighth
that moved the eventual winning run into scoring position..
Washington was without outfielder Bryce Harper, who is apparently still
feeling the effects of running into an outfield wall earlier in the week. He
missed Saturday's game with a sore knee and is questionable for Sunday's
"Everything else feels pretty good," said Harper, who leads the Nationals with
11 homers and 22 RBI. "The knee was barking. It's pretty swollen. I'm not
going to take a chance on it. I'll get some treatment on it and see if I can
The Nationals are just 1-5 without Harper in the lineup this season.
San Diego lost three of five matchups with Washington last season and have
dropped eight of the previous 11 overall meetings between the clubs.
05/19 10:19:18 ET