Game 32 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX – Hello from the Valley of the Sun, where the temperature is only topping out in the 80s this weekend. Which means the roof at Chase Field will be open both tonight and Saturday. Around here, that’s a huge win.

Speaking of huge wins, the Nationals are coming off a big one over the Cubs to cap a solid homestand. They’ll try to keep their winning ways alive on the road, where they’ve been a much better team so far this season.

The good news: They’ve got Josiah Gray on the mound for tonight’s series opener against the Diamondbacks. The bad news: They almost certainly don’t have either Hunter Harvey or Kyle Finnegan in their bullpen after those guys each pitched the last three days. Quality innings from Gray will be key tonight, and then someone else from Davey Martinez’s bullpen will have to close it out.

A lineup that started to show signs of power back home will hope for more of that in the warm, dry air here. This has always been a good hitter’s park, and it’s even more so when the roof is open. The Nats will try to hit some balls in the air tonight against Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly.

Where: Chase Field
Gametime: 9:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Clear, 79 degrees, wind 12 mph left field to right field

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

RHP Josiah Gray

3B Josh Rojas
2B Ketel Marte
DH Corbin Carroll
1B Christian Walker
RF Pavin Smith
LF Dominic Fletcher
C Gabriel Moreno
CF Alek Thomas
SS Geraldo Perdomo

RHP Merrill Kelly

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Finnegan going back to the ground to close out win...

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