The Nationals have come out swinging against Giants starter Tim Lincecum tonight, and in the process, they've rediscovered their running game against Lincecum and Bengie Molina, who might be the worst battery in the National League in terms of holding runners. They're up 3-0 after three innings on the Giants here.
All three runs came for the Nationals in the top of the third inning, when Nyjer Morgan led off with a single and stole second. Adam Kennedy then singled to center and Morgan, despite not reading that the ball would fall for a hit soon enough, still scored - albeit in adventurous fashion. He ran through Pat Listach's stop sign at third, and barely touched home plate with his left foot before Molina could tag him. The Giants protested, to no avail, and the Nationals had an early lead.
Josh Willingham contributed a rare opposite-field hit later in the inning, scoring two a run, and the Nationals got another one on Ian Desmond's single to right. On that play, Listach sent Willingham around third with two outs, and he was thrown out at home. But with two outs and catcher Wil Nieves on deck, it seemed like a good decision to send Willingham in my eyes.
Luis Atilano is cruising for the Nationals on the mound; he got six grounders in the first six batters, and has allowed just one hit through four innings. And with Lincecum having thrown 70 pitches, the Nationals have a good chance of getting the two-time Cy Young winner out of the game early.