Game 96 lineups: Nats at Diamondbacks

PHOENIX – We’ve got a dandy of a pitching matchup tonight. Er, a dandy of a matchup if you want to go back in time a bit. Way back in October 2012, Madison Bumgarner started Game 2 of the World Series for the Giants, then Aníbal Sánchez started Game 3 for the Tigers. Ten years later, these two wily veterans go head-to-head in a game of far less significance when the Diamondbacks and Nationals resume their weekend series.

Sánchez makes his second start since coming back from a long-term neck injury. The 38-year-old right-hander had his moments against the Braves but was done in by a late homer off Michael Harris II’s bat, leaving him with a pitching line that included five innings and four runs allowed. We’ll see how he handles tonight’s assignment, knowing there’s probably less pressure on him this time around.

Bumgarner (still only 32, even though it feels like he’s much older than that) owns a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts for Arizona, but that number has slowly risen over the last two months. Over his last 12 starts, the lefty is 3-8 with a 4.77 ERA.

The Nationals are going with a lineup designed to have a better shot facing a left-hander than a right-hander. That means Lane Thomas is in left field (and batting second), with Maikel Franco batting sixth and Ehire Adrianza getting the start at shortstop instead of Luis García.

Chase Field

Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Indoors

2B César Hernández
LF Lane Thomas
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
3B Maikel Franco
SS Ehire Adrianza
C Tres Barrera
CF Victor Robles

RHP Aníbal Sánchez

3B Josh Rojas

CF Alek Thomas
2B Ketel Marte
1B Christian Walker
LF David Peralta
RF Daulton Varsho
C Carson Kelly
DH Jake McCarthy
SS Geraldo Perdomo

LHP Madison Bumgarner

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