Game 76 lineups: Nats at Rockies

DENVER – The Nationals exploded for 11 runs on a season-high 19 hits Friday night against the Rockies. Can they carry any of that success over into tonight’s game and keep the positive offensive vibes going?

Davey Martinez’s bunch seemed to find the right balance between aggressively hitting fastballs in the zone and working the count when there wasn’t the perfect pitch waiting for them. They went 7-for-8 with 15 total bases when they put the first pitch of an at-bat in play, but they also drew five walks, showing the kind of patience they didn’t have the previous series against the Diamondbacks.

The Nats are facing statistically the Rockies’ best starter tonight in Cal Quantrill. The right-hander boasts a 3.43 ERA in 15 starts, which is no small feat pitching in this ballpark. He doesn’t strike a lot of guys out (6.3 per nine innings) but he doesn’t give up homers either (only eight in 84 innings). His two primary pitches are a sinker and a splitter, so the Nationals have to make sure they’re not chasing him down in the zone and pounding the ball into the ground.

Mitchell Parker makes his 13th major league start tonight, hoping to keep his streak alive by limiting Colorado to three or fewer earned runs. The lefty was really good against the Marlins last time out, allowing one run over six innings without walking anybody. Parker’s challenge tonight: Don’t leave the curveball or splitter up in the zone in the thin air.

Coors Field
Gametime: 9:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 88.7 FM (Spanish),
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, wind 9 mph in from left field

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

LHP Mitchell Parker

CF Brenton Doyle
SS Ezequiel Tovar
3B Ryan McMahon
2B Brendan Rodgers
C Jacob Stallings
LF Nolan Jones
1B Michael Toglia
DH Hunter Goodman
RF Sean Bouchard

RHP Cal Quantrill

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