Game 33 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX – Would you believe every run the Nationals have scored the last two days came on a home run? It’s true. Now, they’ve only scored five total runs in that time, and they did so via three homers (Lane Thomas’ three-run blast, Alex Call’s walk-off, Luis Garcia’s solo shot). But this team that typically scores only via singles and doubles hasn’t done so since Wednesday.

They’ll try to change that reversal of fortunes tonight, hoping for more success against the plate against the Diamondbacks’ Tommy Henry than they had against Merrill Kelly in the series opener. Henry, a 25-year-old lefty, is making his 12th big league starts. Through his first 11, he owns a 5.56, 1.482 WHIP and a very low 1.54 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Suffice it to say, this should be a pitcher the Nats can have some success against. (Key word: should.)

It may not take a whole lot of offense to emerge victorious tonight, if MacKenzie Gore can return to form after struggling his last start. The left-hander gave up four runs on seven hits and needed 102 pitches just to record 12 outs against the Cubs, an uncharacteristic performance. Gore intended to work on some things during the week. We’ll see if he’s able to put that into practice tonight against the Arizona lineup.

Where: Chase Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Sunny, 85 degrees, wind 9 mph left field to right field

RF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
DH Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
LF Stone Garrett
1B Dominic Smith
CF Victor Robles
3B Michael Chavis
SS Ildemaro Vargas

LHP MacKenzie Gore

2B Ketel Marte
3B Emmanuel Rivera
LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
1B Christian Walker
DH Evan Longoria
RF Dominic Fletcher
SS Nick Ahmed
C Gabriel Moreno
CF Alek Thomas

LHP Tommy Henry

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