Game 26 lineups: Nats vs. Pirates

The Nationals had a chance to win the opener of today’s doubleheader but couldn’t take advantage of their scoring opportunities and then watched as their “B” bullpen gave up the lead late. They’ll hope to jump out to a lead in tonight’s second game against the Pirates, giving Davey Martinez reason to turn to his “A” bullpen to close it out.

Chad Kuhl gets the start against his former team. Emotions will be high for the right-hander, but the Nationals need him focused on throwing strikes and avoiding the walks and high pitch count that plagued him in Minnesota one week ago. With Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harvey and Mason Thompson all fresh, they need only five decent innings from Kuhl to put themselves in position to win.

The lineup includes a few changes from the opener. Lane Thomas takes a seat, with Alex Call shifting to right field and Victor Robles returning to the lineup in his familiar center field position. Keibert Ruiz will catch and bat fifth after backup Riley Adams did a nice job in his place this afternoon, collecting two hits and throwing out a would-be basestealer.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Cloudy, 69 degrees, wind 5 mph right field to left field

RF Alex Call
2B Luis García
3B Jeimer Candelario
DH Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
1B Dominic Smith
LF Stone Garrett
SS CJ Abrams
CF Victor Robles

RHP Chad Kuhl

3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
LF Bryan Reynolds
DH Andrew McCutchen
1B Carlos Santana
CF Jack Suwinski
RF Connor Joe
SS Rodolfo Castro
2B Tucupita Marcano
C Jason Delay

RHP Vince Velasquez

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