Laynce Nix makes an early statement; Nationals lead Giants 2-0

To this point, Laynce Nix has been the one player off the Nationals’ bench that has hit well this season. But he’s been even better when he’s been in the lineup.

He entered the night 6-for-17 with a homer in five starts this season, and in the first two innings tonight, he’s made his mark on this game.

The left fielder blasted a homer to right field off Tim Lincecum in the second inning, making the Giants pay after Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross collided, knocking Wilson Ramos’ double out of Rowand’s glove. The shot nearly went to the second deck in right field, and put the Nationals up 2-0. And in the third inning, Nix threw out Ross trying to stretch a single into a double with a strike to second.

He’s provided a little power off the bench; he’s probably not strong enough to take a big chunk of the playing time in left field, but he’s a solid option for a platoon if Michael Morse continues to struggle, and he’s showing why the Nationals decided to keep him over Roger Bernadina.

Lincecum, who gave up six runs to the Nationals in a game in San Francisco last May, has allowed three hits in the first two innings tonight, all three of them going for extra bases. The Nationals continue to fare well against him early tonight.