Game 12 lineups: Nats at Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Nationals pitching staff did an excellent job containing Shohei Ohtani the hitter Monday night. Now we’ll find out how the Nationals lineup fares against Ohtani the pitcher.

It’s the biggest attraction in baseball right now, Ohtani pitching and serving as the Angels DH on the same night. And tonight, we’ll get our first look at that phenomenon when the Japanese right-handed pitcher/left-handed hitter takes the mound before what should be a raucous crowd.

Only one member of the Nats has ever faced Ohtani before: Jeimer Candelario, who went 2-for-9 against him as a member of Tigers. Everyone else will be going in blind but hoping to keep putting the bat on the ball like they’ve done the last four days, both here and in Colorado, and trying to manufacture their way to enough runs to win.

They’ll need another good start from Josiah Gray, who was excellent last time out but suffered a hard-luck 1-0 loss to the Rockies due to a fly ball lost in the sun. The right-hander pitched here last season and fared all right, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings and earning the win. He’ll have to keep the ball in the yard to be successful tonight against an Angels lineup that has Anthony Rendon back after the former Nats great was a late scratch Monday with a sore shoulder.

Where: Angel Stadium
Gametime: 9:38 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 63 degrees, wind 6 mph out to center field

LF Alex Call
3B Jeimer Candelario
1B Dominic Smith
DH Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
RF Lane Thomas
SS CJ Abrams
2B Michael Chavis
CF Victor Robles

RHP Josiah Gray

LF Taylor Ward
CF Mike Trout
DH Shohei Ohtani
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Hunter Renfroe
2B Luis Rengifo
1B Jake Lamb
SS Gio Urshela
C Logan O’Hoppe

RHP Shohei Ohtani

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