Game 54 lineups: Nats at Braves

ATLANTA – Two down, two to go. After splitting the first two games, the Nationals now have a chance in the next two days to at least split this four-game set, if not win it.

Although the Nats have outscored the Braves 8-6 so far, all eight of their runs came on Monday, having been shut out in last night’s loss.

They’ll try to get past their struggles against Max Fried and look to attack Spencer Schwellenbach early. The 23-year-old right-hander had his contract selected this morning to make his major league debut tonight. A second-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2021, Schwellenbach had Tommy John surgery immediately after the draft and started his minor league career last year. He began this season in High-A Rome and was promoted to Double-A Mississippi two weeks ago.

In eight minor league starts this season, Schwellenbach is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He struck out 51 batters in 45 innings and did not allow a run over 13 innings at Double-A.

MacKenzie Gore will oppose the rookie for the Nats. Looking to follow up Jake Irvin’s career night, Gore is 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.294 WHIP in 10 starts. He completed seven innings in his last start for the first time this year, allowing just one run and striking out eight in a win against the Mariners. He went 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA and 1.161 WHIP in two starts against the Braves in 2023.

Where: Truist Park
Gametime: 7:20 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, DC 87.7 (Spanish),
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, wind 11 mph out to left-center field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
DH Jesse Winker
2B Luis García Jr.
C Keibert Ruiz
LF Eddie Rosario
3B Nick Senzel
1B Joey Gallo
CF Jacob Young

LHP MacKenzie Gore

2B Ozzie Albies
3B Austin Riley
DH Marcell Ozuna
1B Matt Olson
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Adam Duvall
CF Michael Harris II
SS Orlando Arcia
LF Jarred Kelenic

RHP Spencer Schwellenbach

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