Lopez had a good game against the Padres on Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and raising his average to .247.
Lopez has been a versatile player this year. He has started 34 games at second base, two at shortstop and six in left field. Lopez started the season on the bench, but he reclaimed the second-base job in mid April when he went on a hot streak.
WAS: LHP John Lannan (4-5, 3.57 ERA)
Less than a week after pitching one of his best games of the season, Lannan had sort of a letdown last Saturday, as the Nationals were edged by the Brewers, 5-2, at home. Unlike his previous game, against the Orioles, in which he pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up one run on four hits, Lannan was unable to establish his fastball. He gave up three runs in five innings.
SD: LHP Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2, 4.65 ERA)
Ledezma is coming off two tough starts. He lasted four innings against the Cardinals and just three against the Reds last Saturday. In the Reds game, he allowed five runs on five hits, walked two and hit a batter, with the big blow coming via a three-run homer off the bat of Joey Votto. Ledezma had trouble commanding his fastball, and he ran into trouble with pitches up in the zone. In Saturday's game, he threw 78 pitches in just three innings, including 47 for strikes. Ledezma is filling the rotation spot of injured ace Jake Peavy.
Nationals catcher Jesus Flores is hitting .344 with two home runs and 14 RBIs this season. ... The Washington pitching staff has a 4.42 ERA. ... Cristian Guzman leads the Nationals in hits with 69. ... Lastings Milledge is tied with Guzman for the team lead with 20 RBIs.
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Friday: Nationals (Tim Redding, 6-3, 3.59) at Diamondbacks (Micah Owings, 6-2, 3.73), 9:40 p.m. ET
Saturday: Nationals (Jason Bergmann, 1-1, 4.50) at Diamondbacks (Brandon Webb, 9-2, 3.01), 8:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: Nationals (Shawn Hill, 0-1, 4.02) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren, 5-4, 3.75), 4:10 p.m. ET