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Diamondbacks Vs. Nationals: Washington Seeks To Find Offense Again Against Snakes

Pitcher Livan Hernandez gets the ball after his last outing where he threw over 300 pitches (most off the field during a rain delay). Hernandez hopes to have some good, ole Nationals offense plugging away behind him.

The Washington Nationals suffered their 13th shutout of the season on Tuesday night at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks and as it always seems to be, the culprit was an offense unable to drive in runs when it really needs to. The Nats were only able to scrape together six hits against Ian Kennedy and they stranded 21 runners on base. On top of that, the offense left pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hanging (around too long) after a spectacular pitching performance, one of his last of 2011.

The Nationals will look to get their heads back on straight and pump up the energy against the Snakes as Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.34 ERA) takes the mound against Daniel Hudson (12-9, 3.83 ERA). The Nationals offense is more than capable of hitting pitchers hard, but lack consistency. Perhaps the most consistent player in the line-up right now is third baseman Ryan Zimmerman who reached base safely for the 29th consecutive game on Tuesday.

Right fielder Jayson Werth has been looking much more comfortable at the plate recently, but unfortunately the Nats will be without his heated up bat as he suffered a mild groin strain on Tuesday during play and will be out of the line-up Wednesday. Taking his place will be outfielder Laynce Nix in right field while Jonny Gomes mans left.

First pitch is at 7:05 P.M.


Nationals Line-Up

Ian Desmond - SS

Rick Ankiel - CF

Ryan Zimmerman - 3B

Michael Morse - 1B

Danny Espinosa - 2B

Laynce Nix - RF

Jonny Gomes - LF

Wilson Ramos - C

Livan Hernandez - SP