Morse homers; Nationals up 2-0

Michael Morse has been getting his chance all month to prove he belongs in the lineup every day, and for the most part, that’s meant the game catching up to Morse as he logs enough at-bats to flatten out any spikes in the bell curve. But Morse will continue to get chances the rest of the year with Josh Willingham out for the year. And with Willingham out, he’s the Nationals’ best chance for a power bat in the outfield.

Morse proved that again in the second inning of today’s game against the Braves, blasting a solo homer off Derek Lowe to put the Nationals up 1-0. That’s where the score currently stands.

The 28-year-old Morse entered the day hitting .160/.192/.300 in August, but he’s still hit three homers this month. He’s got nine this year, and could become the fourth Nationals player with double-digit homers if he hits another one.

Nyjer Morgan is also making his presence felt in the third inning; he singled, stole second and scored on an Ian Desmond single. It was a nice case of run manufacturing from a team that doesn’t do that nearly well enough, and the Nationals are up 2-0.