Game 139 lineups: Nats at Phillies

PHILADELPHIA – The first two legs of the Nationals’ three-city road trip went about as well as anyone could’ve reasonably expected, and that’s even with Wednesday night’s disastrous bottom of the ninth in St. Louis. They still managed to win two of three against the Mets, then split a four-game series with the Cardinals. Now they arrive at Citizens Bank Park for a three-game weekend set with the Phillies, who aren’t in first place of their division the way the other two teams were, but are very much in the thick of the wild card race.

As expected, the Nats did make roster moves before tonight’s game, with Keibert Ruiz landing on the 10-day injured list with a testicular contusion after his scary incident with a foul ball Thursday afternoon. To fill his spot, 22-year-old catching prospect Israel Pineda had his contract selected from Triple-A Rochester, getting his first promotion to the big leagues. Jordan Weems was also recalled from Rochester, while Jake McGee was designated for assignment.

The Nationals have been scoring runs during their recent upswing, and they’ll try to continue that tonight against veteran Noah Syndergaard, who gave up four runs on 11 hits when they met each other here last month. Also remember: Syndergaard has long been one of the worst pitchers in baseball at holding runners on base, so look for the Nats to run when they have the opportunity.

Patrick Corbin, meanwhile, returns to the site of one of his worst starts of the year, one of two in which he didn’t complete the first inning. He’s been much better since, and tonight he looks for his third straight win against a Phillies lineup that surprisingly doesn’t include Bryce Harper (who has struggled since coming off the IL).

Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Mostly clear, 79 degrees, wind 8 mph out to left field

CF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
1B Joey Meneses
DH Luke Voit
3B César Hernández
SS CJ Abrams
LF Alex Call
RF Josh Palacios
C Riley Adams

LHP Patrick Corbin

LF Kyle Schwarber
1B Rhys Hoskins
DH Alec Bohm
C J.T. Realmuto
2B Jean Segura
SS Bryson Stott
CF Matt Vierling
3B Edmundo Sosa
RF Dalton Guthrie

RHP Noah Syndergaard

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