Bill Ladson

Williams not planning lineup changes to spark offense

Nationals only 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position through four games

Williams not planning lineup changes to spark offense

PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals continue to have problems on offense. Not only have they scored seven runs in the first four games, the Nationals are 3-for-22 (.136) with runners in scoring position. For now, manager Matt Williams doesn't plan to make any changes to the starting lineup.

"You just have to keep running them out there," Williams said. "Guys in our lineup have been there before. They have had success, they've done it. So, we are not worried about it. Just keep going with it. There are no excuses of not scoring enough runs, but we believe in our guys. We believe in their abilities and we'll just keep going."

It looked like the Nationals had nothing to worry about in the early part of Friday's 4-1 loss to the Phillies. Center fielder Michael Taylor hit a leadoff home run off Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams. After that, the Nationals couldn't touch Williams, who held them scoreless the rest of his six-inning outing.

"[Williams] was mixing pretty well. He was staying around the zone. He was sinking it and cutting it," Taylor said.

Second baseman Dan Uggla pointed out that the season is still early, but it's time to score runs.

"No one is pressing," Uggla said. "We know as a team, we have to score more runs. It's still really early, but we can't be saying that forever. We have to make the adjustment and starting putting some runs on the board. We do have some key guys out. We have way more talent than what we have shown the last four games offensively. It's a matter of bearing down, sticking your nose in the dirt and getting it done."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.