Nationals take 1-0 lead over Braves on Morse’s homer (now 9-2)

Over the last two years, the Nationals have steadily and consistently increased their level of success against Jair Jurrjens, beating the impressive young pitcher late last season after losing to him in June 2010.

This year, they’ve roughed up Jurrjens the two times they’ve seen him, scoring 11 runs in 10 innings against him and beating him at the beginning of the month at Nationals Park. Tonight in Atlanta, they’re on their way to doing it again.

The Nationals have a 1-0 lead over the Braves in the second after a mammoth homer from Michael Morse, which landed in the second group of seats in left field. Laynce Nix followed Morse with a double to the warning track in right field, and Chris Marrero drew a one-out walk. The inning ended without another run, but they made him throw 20 pitches in the second, with Morse and Nix both crushing the ball against him. They’ve got the potential to do some damage against Jurrjens again tonight.