The Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg struggled on Friday night in the first game of their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, and will now look to lefty Gio Gonzalez to right the ship on Saturday at Nationals Park. Against Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis, Nationals manager Davey Johnson has placed Danny Espinosa in the leadoff spot, and given a start to rookie Tyler Moore in left field.
Saturday's full Washington lineup, via the @NationalsPR twitter feed:
#Nationals lineup vs. COL - Espinosa 4, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, Morse 9, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Moore 7, Flores 2, G. Gonzalez 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) July 7, 2012
First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. EST, with gametime temperatures expected to be in the triple digits.