--OF Rick Ankiel sat out his second consecutive game on Wednesday after team doctors said he needed another day to rest his right wrist, which he bruised trying to make two sliding catches on Monday against the Giants. Manager Jim Riggleman said Ankiel has not received a MRI on his wrist, and the team is hoping he will be back in the lineup on Thursday.
--OF Michael Morse was scratched from Wednesday's game with right knee soreness after injuring himself during batting practice. Morse said the injury was nothing serious, but manager Jim Riggleman decided to remove him from the lineup in favor of Laynce Nix. "I'll be in there tomorrow," Morse said. "I could have played, but Riggs said just for precautionary (reasons), he'll put Laynce out there."
--RHP Jason Marquis lost for the first time this year, giving up seven runs (six of them earned) in five-plus innings against the Phillies. Marquis allowed 10 hits and gave up all of his runs in the fifth and sixth innings. "I just was leaving balls a hair too up, allowing them to get the barrel to it," Marquis said. "A hair down, I get the contact that I want, and they roll over. Sometimes those are the breaks. I've got to make better pitches next time."
--1B Adam LaRoche drove in the Nationals' first run of the game with a double off the wall in left center in the sixth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, snapping an 0-for-19 skid at the plate. LaRoche is still hitting just .186 for the season, however.
--INF Alex Cora had three hits in the Nationals' loss to the Phillies, singling to center in each of his first three at-bats. He is hitting .227 for the season but is 7-for-17 in his last seven games, having started five of those games. Cora will continue to get playing time at third base, where he played on Wednesday, with Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Runs the Nationals have scored in three losses to the Phillies this season. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee both threw complete games against them in Washington, and Cole Hamels threw a third complete game against the Nationals on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm sure there are some guys that (are pressing). Myself, I was pressing. I want to get on base. I'm sure I'm not the only guy that's like that. Everyone wants to get on base. We know if we get on base, we're going to give ourselves an opportunity to get an inning going and drive runs in, and that's how you win ballgames." -- Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa, on whether the team's offensive struggles are starting to take a mental toll on players. The Nationals entered Wednesday's game with the third-fewest runs in the National League.
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