What looked like an advantageous matchup for the Nationals -- Stephen Strasburg against one of the majors' least-productive lineups -- turned sour right from the get-go.
After a late-night and early-morning travel adventure, catcher Carlos Maldonado made it to Nationals Park in time for today's series finale against the Padres.
Despite their injuries, the Nationals enter today's series finale against San Diego in first place in the NL East. First pitch at 1:05 pm. Follow the live thread here.
Bryce Harper's first career homer and Sean Burnett's escape act helped the Nats deal with another crushing injury and emerge Monday night with a win.