Game 116 lineups: Nats vs. Padres

The Nationals have played two really long games the last two nights against the Padres. Now they’ve got a quick turnaround to this afternoon’s series finale. And it’s barely an afternoon game, with a 12:05 p.m. start thanks to the good folks at Peacock who are televising the contest.

After an emotionally uplifting victory Saturday night, the Nats will once again try to win the rubber game of a series, something they’ve struggled to do all season. They’ll need to keep it going offensively, this time against left-hander Blake Snell, who will try to keep Joey Meneses in the yard. (Which, as we’ve seen, is proving far more difficult than anyone could’ve ever imagined.)

There's a new name in the lineup: Alex Call. The 27-year-old outfielder was called up from Triple-A Rochester, where he had only been for five games after getting claimed off waivers from the Guardians. And the Nats are wasting no time throwing him into the fire: Call is leading off and starting in left field. (Josh Palacios was optioned to Rochester to make room on the roster.)

Paolo Espino gets the start for the Nationals, who used up four key relievers (Steve Cishek, Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harvey, Carl Edwards Jr.) to pull off Saturday’s win. Davey Martinez might need to push Espino to go a bit deeper than he normally would in an attempt to save some bullpen arms.

Nationals Park

Gametime: 12:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Peacock,
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, wind 9 mph out to left field

LF Alex Call
1B Joey Meneses
DH Luke Voit
RF Lane Thomas
2B César Hernández
3B Maikel Franco
C Tres Barrera
SS Ildemaro Vargas
CF Victor Robles

RHP Paolo Espino

DH Jurickson Profar

RF Juan Soto
3B Manny Machado
1B Josh Bell
2B Brandon Drury
SS Jake Cronenworth
CF Trent Grisham
LF Wil Myers
C Jorge Alfaro

LHP Blake Snell

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