Game 58 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI – The Nationals need to do a lot of things better tonight than they did Tuesday during a 12-2 shellacking at the hands of the Marlins, lest they once again leave themselves in position to be swept the following night.

It begins, of course, with pitching. After Joan Adon was roughed up for eight runs in three-plus innings, forcing Davey Martinez to turn to his bullpen early, the spotlight is on Josiah Gray to turn in a quality start. Fortunately for the Nats, Gray did just that his last time out, holding the Reds to one earned run while striking out nine over six innings. And he did just that the last time he faced the Marlins, as well, allowing three runs while striking out seven over six innings May 18 in this very park.

The Nationals also need to hit, which they barely did during the series opener. And they’re going to have to find a way to do that against Miami’s ace, Sandy Alcantara, who enters with a 1.81 ERA, second-best in the National League behind San Diego’s Joe Musgrove. This is the third time Alcantara has faced the Nats this season, and he was dynamite in each of his previous two starts, allowing a total of two runs in 14 innings.

Where: loanDepot Park
Gametime: 6:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Indoors

2B César Hernández
LF Lane Thomas
RF Juan Soto

DH Nelson Cruz
1B Josh Bell
SS Luis García
C Keibert Ruiz
3B Ehire Adrianza
CF Victor Robles

RHP Josiah Gray

SS Jazz Chisholm Jr.
1B Garrett Cooper
LF Jorge Soler
DH Jesús Aguilar
RF Avasaíl García
3B Jon Berti
SS Miguel Rojas
C Jacob Stallings
CF Bryan De La Cruz

RHP Sandy Alcantara

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