Game 25 lineups: Nats at Rockies

DENVER – The Nationals lineup just scored 28 runs over the weekend in pitcher-friendly Oracle Park. How many will they score over the next three nights at Coors Field, the greatest hitter-friendly park in major league history? The Nats haven’t hit for much power all season, even in San Francisco. So the thin air may not help them as much as the huge outfield dimensions here might.  

Davey Martinez will hope he can keep Josh Bell, Yadiel Hernandez and Victor Robles hot. He’ll also hope Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz and Keibert Ruiz can get going and start contributing on a more consistent basis. They’ll face Rockies right-hander Germán Márquez, who enters with a 5.57 ERA but has enjoyed success against the two Nationals he’s faced the most in his career: Bell (1-for-18 with a homer) and César Hernández (1-for-11).

Erick Fedde gets the start for the Nats; he was effective last time out against the Marlins, allowing only two runs on three hits. But he lasted only 4 2/3 innings because his pitch count was a whopping 91. He’s got to figure out how to finish off hitters once he gets ahead in the count and avoid those long at-bats that keep killing him.

The Nationals announced they have returned from rehab assignment and reinstated Dee Strange-Gordon, optioned Lucius Fox to Triple-A Rochester and transferred Aníbal Sánchez to the 60-day injured list.

Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan,
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 61 degrees, wind 10 mph in from left field

2B César Hernández
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
LF Yadiel Hernandez
3B Maikel Franco
C Keibert Ruiz
CF Victor Robles
SS Alcides Escobar

RHP Erick Fedde

DH Connor Joe
RF Charlie Blackmon
CF Randal Grichuk
1B C.J. Cron
3B Ryan McMahon
C Elias Díaz
2B Brendan Rodgers
LF Sam Hilliard
SS José Iglesias

RHP Germán Márquez

Strange-Gordon activated, Fox optioned to Triple-A
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