Desmond, Werth in Nats lineup at Brewers

MILWAUKEE - After Sunday’s game, Nationals manager Matt Williams indicated that he hoped to give shortstop Ian Desmond and right fielder Jayson Werth a day off in the near future, but it won’t be today.

Both Desmond and Werth are starting tonight as the Nats open a series against the National League-leading Brewers at Miller Park.

Williams had noted that Desmond seems worn down. The Nats shortstop is 0-for-7 over the last two games and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with one homer, three RBIs and 18 strikeouts over his last nine games.

Werth has also struggled lately, batting .108 (4-for-37) with two RBIs and 14 strikeouts over his last 10 games.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez starts opposite Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza, looking for better results than his first start back from the disabled list. Gonzalez allowed four runs in five innings on Wednesday in his first start since May 17.

Garza, conversely, has pitched to a 2.41 ERA during a streak of five straight quality starts.

For the Nationals
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Brewers

2B Rickie Weeks
RF Ryan Bruan
C Jonathan Lucroy
CF Carlos Gomez
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Khris Davis
1B Mark Reynolds
SS Jean Segura
RHP Matt Garza

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