Nationals begins series with first-place Arizona
UP NEXT FOR THE NATIONALS
Opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (4:05 p.m.), Sunday (1:35 p.m.)
Probable pitchers for Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (Friday, 2-2, 2.97), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Saturday, 0-0, 4.50), LHP Gio Gonzalez (Sunday, 2-2, 3.04)
Probable pitchers for Arizona: RHP Zack Godley (3-1, 3.09), LHP Patrick Corbin (Saturday, 4-0, 1.89), LHP Robbie Ray (Sunday, 2-0, 5.13)
Records: Nationals 11-14, D-backs 17-7
What’s at stake: Only series of the year between the teams at Nationals Park; Arizona is in first place in the NL West and has tied its best start in team history. Nationals need to get on a roll as they begin a long home stand.
They said it: “Our bats just came out and we got contributions up and down the line today,” ace Max Scherzer (5-1) after the Nationals beat the Giants 15-2 on Wednesday to end a 4-5 road trip.
Did you know? Arizona lefty Ray was drafted by the Nationals in 2010 out of a Tennessee high school. Injured Arizona outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. is a former Washington slugger. He caught the last out with a diving catch in left field to save the no-hitter by Jordan Zimmermann in 2014. Nationals bench coach Chip Hale managed the D-backs in 2015-16. Ray is 0-4 in his career against Washington in four starts, with two of those at Nationals Park.