National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (12-4) at San Diego Padres (5-12), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 2.04)
San Diego - Clayton Richard (1-1, 5.89)
(Sports Network) - Since opening the season with a solid home outing, the
Padres' Clayton Richard has been smacked around in two starts on the road.
Richard hopes to rebound tonight in San Diego against the Washington
Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, who tries to carry over his outstanding run at home
in the opener of a three-game series.
The left-handed Richard made his season debut on April 8 at home against the
Dodgers and won an 8-4 decision, allowing only two unearned runs on two hits
over seven frames without a walk.
Richard, though, has been battered for 16 runs (12 earned) and 16 hits during
consecutive road starts, getting a no-decision in Los Angeles on April 13 and
then suffering a loss in Colorado on Wednesday. The 27-year-old was touched
for eight runs on 10 hits and two walks over 5 1/3 frames, lifting his season
earned run average to 5.89.
Richard will face the Nationals for the sixth time in his career and is 1-2
against them with a 3.48 ERA.
Gio Gonzalez gets the start for Washington in his first road assignment since
April 7, a no-decision in which he allowed four runs on seven hits and three
walks in 3 2/3 innings versus the Cubs.
The left-hander was outstanding over two home starts however. Gonzalez tossed
seven frames of two-hit ball on April 12 against the Reds, striking out seven
without a walk but getting a no-decision. He was just as good five days later,
beating Houston after giving up two hits and a pair of walks in seven innings
with eight strikeouts.
"I was just going with (Nationals catcher Jesus) Flores," Gonzalez said.
"Every pitch he put down, I was trying to attack with that."
The 26-year-old, who faces the Padres for the first time, was scheduled to
pitch Sunday's finale with the Miami Marlins, but that outing was postponed
due to inclement weather. Washington won the first two games of the series and
went 8-2 on its homestand.
The Nats now head out west for six games and the extra day off could get third
baseman Ryan Zimmerman back into the lineup. He sat out Saturday's win due to
mild right shoulder inflammation and is hitting just .224 with a homer and
seven RBI in 15 games. He was held to only 101 contests last season due to
The Padres were in action on Sunday and they won their second straight game
for the first time this season by besting the Phillies 6-1. Nick Hundley hit a
two-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Padres earn a split of the
four-game series. They snapped a 13-game home losing streak to Philadelphia
with Saturday's win.
Anthony Bass fanned seven and allowed one unearned run on three hits and five
walks in six innings for the Padres.
"To win the past couple games yesterday and today is big, we kind of have the
momentum back on our side," Bass said following Sunday's win.
The Nationals won three of four in San Diego last season.
04/24 10:45:04 ET