(Alex Brandon / AP)

The Nationals tonight will send two-time all-star Gio Gonzalez against rookie Burch Smith, who is making the second start of his career. In his first, six days ago, Smith allowed six earned runs in one inning. The Nationals, in other words, will have to overcome your classic reverse lock.

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Steve Lombardozzi, LF

3. Bryce Harper, RF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP

Padres

1. Chris Denorfia, CF

2. Everth Cabrera, SS

3. Chase Headley, 3B

4. Jesus Guzman, LF

5. Kyle Blanks, 1B

6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

7. Will Venable, RF

8. Nick Hundley, C

9. Burch Smith, SP