Game 70 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

After an emotional Saturday at the ballpark, the Nationals have a quick turnaround to today’s series finale, with a rare 12:05 p.m. start time. It’s at long last the end of a 14-games-in-13-days stretch that has been brutal in so many ways, with eight straight losses at the moment. They have to find a way to get through today, then finally enjoy a day off before heading up to Baltimore on Tuesday.

It’s Jackson Tetreault making his second career start this afternoon, looking for better results than he had in his debut earlier in the week when he allowed seven runs in four innings to the Braves. The young right-hander does have some backup help today in the form of Cory Abbott, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday but has yet to pitch, so he’s good for several innings in relief of Tetreault if needed. The “A” bullpen of Carl Edwards Jr., Kyle Finnegan and Tanner Rainey should all be available, as well, after being held out of Saturday’s extra-inning loss.

What would help more than anything, though, would be a big day at the plate against Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin. Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz simply have to start producing the way they’re supposed to produce. There’s no getting around that. We’ll see if it happens on another unseasonably cool summer afternoon with the wind blowing in.

Reminder: Today’s game is only available on the Peacock streaming service. It’ll be Jason Benetti (who once called Triple-A games for the Nationals in Syracuse) with the play-by-play, joined by Kevin Frandsen and Ruben Amaro Jr. on the broadcast.

Nationals Park

Gametime: 12:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Peacock
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees, wind 16 mph left field to right field

2B César Hernández
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
C Keibert Ruiz
SS Luis García
3B Maikel Franco
LF Yadiel Hernandez
CF Lane Thomas

RHP Jackon Tetreault

DH Kyle Schwarber

1B Rhys Hoskins
SS Didi Gregorius
RF Nick Castellanos
C J.T. Realmuto
CF Odúbel Herrera
3B Alec Bohm
2B Bryson Stott
LF Matt Vierling

RHP Zach Eflin

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