Nobody said the Nationals' offense was going to be pretty - and with Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup. it's probably going to look like this more often than not. But after a game where they repeatedly flubbed chances to take the lead on the Giants, the Nationals are at least bringing in a few runs today.
They scored one in the third, with the help of two walks and a wild pitch from Matt Cain, and got two singles, a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to put another run on the board in the fourth. They lead the Giants 3-2, despite leaving five runners on base in the first four innings.
The Nationals continue to be alarmingly bad with runners in scoring position - they're 1-for-8 today - but they've played mostly solid defense behind Jordan Zimmermann today (Ian Desmond in particular has looked sharp) and they've done enough to put the right-hander in position for a win if he can get through the fifth.