San Francisco Giants (39-23, first in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (25-34, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: TBD Nationals: Joe Ross (2-6, 4.80 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 51 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: San Francisco heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani pitched nine innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with eight strikeouts against Washington.
The Nationals are 13-16 on their home turf. The Washington offense has compiled a .244 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the National League. Trea Turner leads the team with an average of .304.
The Giants are 21-14 in road games. The San Francisco pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.22, Anthony DeSclafani leads the staff with a mark of 3.09.
The Giants won the last meeting 1-0. DeSclafani earned his sixth victory and Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for San Francisco. Paolo Espino took his second loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Turner leads the Nationals with 21 extra base hits and is batting .304.
Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 41 RBIs and is batting .261.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, .213 batting average, 4.03 ERA, outscored by eight runs