For all that the Washington Nationals have accomplished during this young season, one of the few things they have not accomplished is sweeping a series. The Nationals have that opportunity Thursday night as they play the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the Nationals, trying to erase the memories of his last start, allowing five first inning runs in a loss to the Houston Astros on April 19. Edinson Volquez takes the mound for San Diego, currently with an 0-2 record with a 4.30 ERA. His last start saw him take a shut out into the seventh, but then he allowed three runs and left without recording an out in the seventh against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 20.
On offense, the Nationals have been relying heavily on Adam LaRoche, who went three-for-three against the Padres on Wednesday night. LaRoche has hit .350 in his last five games against Padres. Ryan Zimmerman, diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder, was scheduled to work out with the team Thursday, but is not in the starting lineup.
The game is scheduled to start at 10:05 p.m. with television coverage on MASN2 and radio coverage on 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.