Game 79 lineups: Nats at Padres

SAN DIEGO – “It sucks we didn't get a win. But we just got to keep our heads up and come back tomorrow.”

That was Keibert Ruiz after last night’s brutal 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Padres after the Nationals had a three-run lead going into the bottom of the 10th. Let’s see how the Nats respond tonight in the second game of this three-game set.

MacKenzie Gore goes to the mound to face his former team for the third time. He is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.862 WHIP in his first two outings against the Padres, who included him and CJ Abrams in the blockbuster deal for Juan Soto. Gore is coming off one of his more bizarre outings in which he gave up a career-high 10 hits, nine of which were singles, to the Diamondbacks while striking out seven over five innings. The young lefty typically bounces back well after a rough outing, so the Nats certainly hope that’s the case tonight.

Yu Darvish was supposed to make his return from the injured list to start for the Padres, but that has been delayed due to right elbow inflammation. So it will be right-handed rookie Adam Mazur taking the hill with an 0-2 record, 7.27 ERA and 1.962 WHIP from his first four major league starts. 

Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 9:40 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, DC 87.7 (Spanish),
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees, wind 8 mph from left to right

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

LHP MacKenzie Gore

1B Luis Arraez
LF Jurickson Profar
3B Manny Machado
2B Jake Cronenworth
DH Donovan Solano
CF Jackson Merrill
SS Ha-Seong Kim
C Kyle Higashioka
RF Bryce Johnson

RHP Adam Mazur

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