--OF Laynce Nix went 1-for-3 with a RBI on Wednesday, raising his average to .306 in a 6-4 loss to the Brewers. Nix batted third and started in left field, and has continued to get action in left field even as Rick Ankiel comes back from the disabled list. He is hitting .330 in 24 games as a starter this season.
--OF Rick Ankiel got his first at-bat on Wednesday since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday. Ankiel, who had been out since May 2 because of a sprained right wrist, struck out in his only at-bat against the Brewers, after striking out four times on Monday in a rehab game for Class AA Harrisburg (Pa.). Manager Jim Riggleman said the Nationals would ease their opening day center fielder back into the majors after his long layoff.
--RHP Todd Coffey pitched 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing an unearned run and a hit, but striking out a batter, in his first action since May 22. Coffey has not allowed an earned run since May 5, when he pitched two innings and struck out a career-high five batters.
--2B Danny Espinosa went 0-for-4 on Wednesday against the Brewers, continuing to slump after he went 3-for-4 with five RBI last Friday against the Orioles. Since then, Espinosa is 2-for-17 with a walk and has twice been hit by pitches. He's batting .200 for the season.
--LHP Sean Burnett faced only one batter on Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing a hit to first baseman Prince Fielder. Manager Jim Riggleman has said he won't use Burnett simply as a left-handed specialist, but in his last two outings, Burnett has faced only one batter.
BY THE NUMBERS
34 -- Number of runs the Nationals scored in their last six games in Baltimore and Milwaukee. It was the most runs the team has scored in any six-games stretch this season, but the Nationals went 1-5 against the Orioles and Brewers.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I've felt (we were close to winning) the whole year. We have been close the whole time. We just can't get over the hump. We get right there, and we have opportunities, chances to win games, and we don't win 'em. We should. But good ballclubs are resilient. Good players are resilient. They bounce back. I believe in these guys in here. We've got a great group of guys. We've got a lot of talent. We just need to keep going. A lot of these guys are kind of still learning. We've got to make sure they continue to develop, regardless of whether they're winning or losing, because I think that's important to the future of this club. But things need to change." -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth, on the team's season so far. The Nationals are 21-28, and have lost six of their last seven games.
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