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Nationals look to Stephen Strasburg for another lift

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Just when the Washington Nationals had an opportunity to amass a three-game winning streak and continue making their way back toward .500, they ran into another hot pitcher, this time San Diego's Mat Latos. In their 7-1 home loss last night, the Nationals had few answers for Latos, who ran his record to 10-4 by allowing five hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings.

An offense that had victimized the Padres for 13 runs and 20 hits over the first two games of the series struggled mightily against the 22-year-old Latos, who had eight strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.45 to help NL West-leading San Diego log its 50th win.

"He's a good pitcher," said Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who an hour before the first pitch found out he was the runner-up for the final spot on the NL All-Star team over four days of fan voting. "He mixes it up. He's obviously got a good fastball. He's been throwing well all year."

The Nationals now turn to Stephen Strasburg tonight to try to get the club jumpstarted in their final series before the All-Star break. Problem is Strasburg goes against San Francisco's Matt Cain, who despite a 6-7 record has an ERA of 2.98 and a WHIP of 1.16.

Washington, however, may be catching Cain at just the right time. He has lost three straight games and yielded 14 earned runs in those outings. He had allowed four earned runs total in his six starts before the slide.

"Most definitely you like to see that," Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan said of the Strasburg-Cain matchup. "But we know what we have over here, and we're going to try to make it happen tomorrow."


FROM THE POST

The Nationals can't solve San Diego starter Mat Latos in a 7-1 loss.


NATS MINOR LEAGUES


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Jordan Zimmermann threw three scoreless inning in his second rehab start since Tommy John surgery in August.


FROM AROUND THE WEB

The Nationals can't ride the momentum of two straight wins.

Padres' Mat Latos is too much for Washington both on the mound and at the plate.

By Gene Wang  |  July 9, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Comments

I'm interested to see Riggleman's line-up choices for CF and middle infield. Would be nice if the team plays clean defense behind him this time.

Go Nats!

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 9, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Would be nice to see Alexandria-born Latos in a Nats jersey someday. Also: Do you think there's anything to the fact that Adam Kennedy and Austin Kearns share the same initials?

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 9, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Latos graduated from Broward CC, FL and went to a Florida HS. So, I'm not sure what ties he has to the DC area.

Posted by: comish4lif | July 9, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Latos graduated from Broward CC, FL and went to a Florida HS. So, I'm not sure what ties he has to the DC area.
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As a previous poster mentioned, he was born in Alexandria, though he moved to Florida at a young age. However, his parents currently reside in the Fredericksburg area and he has other relatives that live in Woodbridge.

Posted by: thepostischeap | July 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Would be nice to see Alexandria-born Latos in a Nats jersey someday. Also: Do you think there's anything to the fact that Adam Kennedy and Austin Kearns share the same initials?

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard

Are you asking Adam Kilgore?
OMG, him too!

Posted by: Sunderland | July 9, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

In re. tonight's game, last night, when we were heading into the Metro station after the game, a guy was handing out tomorrow's Post Express newspaper. We picked up copies and were reading our horoscopes on the train, for fun. 1b was reading mine to me and it said (clears throat and picks up clipping) "You may be able to score an exciting come-from-behind victory, provided you don't get frustrated or disheartened." I'm like, "You're making that up, right?" But then she showed it to me and that's what it said. hmmm...

Of course, earlier today we watched Major League for the umpteenth time and, after watching the Indians' rousing comeback to win the tiebreaker at the end of the movie, I said "What if that was the win they were talking about?" Uh-oh, d'ya think? Nah. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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