Game 9 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

The Nationals’ first homestand of the season comes to an end with this afternoon’s finale against the Phillies. The team will board a cross-country flight tonight to begin a nine-game West Coast road trip over the next 10 days.

The Nats will also try to avoid their first sweep of the season after dropping the first two games to their division rivals with MacKenzie Gore taking the mound for his second start of the regular season. The young left-hander struggled in his season debut in the Nats’ home opener on Monday, giving up three runs, five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a loss to the Pirates.

Gore will look to be more efficient with his pitches against a dangerous Phillies lineup after needing 101 to complete 5 ⅓ innings his first time out.

CJ Abrams is out of the lineup again on Sunday. He was a late scratch before yesterday’s game with a bone bruise in his left pinky finger suffered while sliding into second base Friday night.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, DC 87.7 (Spanish),
Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees, wind 11 mph in from left field

CF Jacob Young
LF Jesse Winker
RF Lane Thomas
1B Joey Gallo
DH Joey Meneses
C Riley Adams
SS Ildemaro Vargas
3B Trey Lipscomb
2B Luis García Jr.

LHP MacKenzie Gore

DH Kyle Schwarber
SS Trea Turner
1B Bryce Harper
C J.T. Realmuto
3B Alec Bohm
RF Nick Castellanos
LF Whit Merrifield
2B Edmundo Sosa
CF Cristian Pache

LHP Cristopher Sánchez

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