By the Numbers
Three-run homers hit by the Nationals this year, one by Tony Blanco on May 22 in Toronto, one by Ryan Church on June 5 vs. Florida, and one yesterday by Nick Johnson in Colorado. Add in Brad Wilkerson's grand slam Aug. 4 vs. the Dodgers, and the Nationals are 4-0 in games in which they hit a three-run homer or a grand slam.
"He's the full package offensively. That's what we were really missing. To me, we would've won a few more ballgames the first half of the season if we had him healthy, because he's a real offensive weapon, a threat, each time up there, no matter what the situation is."
Manager Frank Robinson, on 2B Jose Vidro, who is 11 for his last 19, raising his average from .263 to .284.
The good news, heading into the key four-game series against Philadelphia that begins today, is that Livan Hernandez starts for Washington. The bad news: Hernandez is just 1-3 with a 3.99 ERA in his last seven starts. More bad news: Philly ace Brett Myers opposes Hernandez, and the Phillies have won in Myers's last six starts.