National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, June 9 (All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (32-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-21), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.10) San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg will try to secure a third straight winning start on Monday night as the Washington Nationals begin a four-game set with the San Francisco Giants.
Strasburg as fanned 20 batters over 13 innings in consecutive victories. He yielded two unearned runs over six innings to beat Texas on May 30, then gave up four runs -- two earned -- and struck out 11 in seven frames of work in a win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The right-hander also drove in a run versus the Phillies while improving to 5-4 with a 3.10 earned run average on the mound this year.
"(I'm) just trying to go out there and do my job, that's the bottom line," said Strasburg. "Some teams I pitch well against and others I don't. I guess it's just how I'm feeling at the time."
Strasburg, 25, is 2-0 in three previous meetings with the Giants while pitching to a solid 1.89 ERA.
Washington got a gem from hurler Jordan Zimmermann on Sunday, with the starter giving up just two hits in a 6-0 shutout of San Diego.
Zimmermann was perfect through 5 1/3 innings before giving up a single in the sixth inning. The only other hit he gave up was a triple in the seventh frame, with Zimmermann striking out a career-high 12 batters without giving up a walk.
He was also helped by a big lead, with Washington plating six runs over the first three innings to win for the seventh time in nine games. Ian Desmond notched a two-run homer, while Danny Espinosa had three hits and drove in two runs.
"The guys got me some runs early, so my mentality changed to pour strikes in the zone," Zimmermann said following his third career shutout and sixth complete game. "It was fun putting up the zeroes."
Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon was out of the lineup on Sunday for a second straight game due to a sore right thumb, but could return tonight. Kevin Frandsen started in place of Rendon in the last two games.
The Giants welcome the Nationals having won five in a row. They finished off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with Sunday's 6-4 win.
Gregor Blanco had two hits and drove in three runs, while Brandon Crawford and Brandon Hicks had an RBI each as the Giants began a 10-game homestand with the sweep.
"We're doing a great job of coming out every day ready to go," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his club. "They're playing the game the way it should be."
Tim Lincecum earned the win after going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
Ryan Vogelsong will start tonight for the Giants and has put together a solid seven-start stretch in which he is 4-1 while giving up two runs or fewer five times in that span.
The 36-year-old righty beat Cincinnati last time out, charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.
Vogelsong is 4-2 on the year with a 3.39 ERA and 1-1 lifetime versus the Nationals with a 5.59 ERA in seven meetings with three starts.
The Giants and Nationals split six meetings a season ago.
06/09 10:53:38 ET