Game 114 lineups: Nats at Phillies

PHILADELPHIA – Now let’s play two!

The Nationals lost to the Phillies 8-4 in Game 1. Josiah Gray will try to get them back on the winning track, mainly by keeping the ball in the yard after the Phillies hit four home runs in the opener.

Gray is 7-9 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.426 WHIP over his first 22 starts. He has only surrendered 15 homers so far for a 2.8 home run rate, much better than the 38 homers and 5.9 homer rate he allowed last year. 

He is, however, coming off one of his worst starts of the season when he allowed five runs and couldn’t get out of the fourth inning last week against the Brewers. The good news is the right-hander has been good at bouncing back from tough outings this year and he pitches well at Citizens Bank Park. Gray has allowed two runs or less in two of his three career starts in Philly with 23 combined strikeouts.

Ranger Suárez starts the nightcap for the Phillies after he was originally scheduled to start yesterday’s postponed opener. He’s 6-1 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.336 WHIP in 13 appearances (six starts) against the Nats. The left-hander is 14-8 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.325 WHIP in 62 career games (30 starts) at Citizens Bank Park, but he’s 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA and 1.459 WHIP in seven home starts this year.

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:20 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, wind 11 mph in from left field

RF Lane Thomas
1B Joey Meneses
DH Keibert Ruiz
LF Stone Garrett
C Riley Adams
3B Ildemaro Vargas
CF Alex Call
2B Michael Chavis
SS Jeter Downs

RHP Josiah Gray

LF Kyle Schwarber
RF Nick Castellanos
DH Bryce Harper
SS Trea Turner
2B Bryson Stott
3B Rodolfo Castro
1B Jake Cave
C Garrett Stubbs
CF Johan Rojas

LHP Ranger Suárez

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