Nats look for offense in finale

Nats look for offense in finale

The Dodgers have proved their talent this season, but the Nationals will try to build off of their recent success to take one away from the best team in the National League West. The Nationals will have to find a way to produce some offense against a stingy Dodgers pitching staff.

Cristian Guzman had two of Washington's four hits in Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles. The Nationals last scored a run during a five-run eighth inning on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Micah Bowie will try to win his second consecutive start for Washington in a battle of lefties against Dodgers southpaw Mark Hendrickson.

Pitching matchup
WSH: LHP Micah Bowie (1-2, 3.91 ERA)
Bowie will face the Dodgers for the third time in his career. On Friday, Bowie pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits against the Cardinals. Bowie was able to pick up his first win as a starter since Sept. 23, 1999, when he was with the Cubs. It was his first victory since 2002, when he was a member of the Athletics.

LAD: LHP Mark Hendrickson (2-2, 3.62 ERA)
Hendrickson dug himself a hole early against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing back-to-back homers to Aramis Ramirez and Mark DeRosa in the second inning. His seven home runs allowed leads Dodgers pitchers. The Cubs scored two more in the fourth on four soft hits. Hendrickson is winless in his past four starts with a 6.86 ERA.

Player to watch
Ryan Zimmerman has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games, though his success has involved more walking than hitting. He'll look to boost his batting average Thursday night.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WTWP 1500, 107.7 FM

Up next
• Friday: Nationals (Matt Chico, 3-4, 5.13) vs. San Diego (Justin Germano, 3-0, 1.08), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Nationals (TBD) vs. San Diego (Jake Peavy, 7-1, 1.47), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Nationals (Jason Simontacchi, 2-3, 5.28) vs. San Diego (David Wells, 2-3, 4.74), 1:35 p.m. ET

Michael Phillips is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.