Nationals strand two in first, Braves lead 2-0

In Jayson Werth’s first at-bat as a member of the Nationals, he did exactly what the team hoped he would do when he was put in the No. 2 hole in the lineup; he worked a five-pitch at-bat against Derek Lowe, taking two of the first three pitches, singled to center and went from first to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s single to right, giving the Nationals men on first and third with one out.

But the look of this lineup is going to put more of the run-producing onus on Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse, and in their first chances with men in scoring position, neither one produced. LaRoche popped to second and Morse grounded to short, ending the inning.

Meanwhile, Livan Hernandez has given up two runs, one coming in the first after Werth threw wide of second base, allowing Chipper Jones to stretch a single into a double. Jones later scored, and Jason Heyward just hit a blast to center in the second inning. It’s 2-0 Braves, headed into the bottom of the second.