Game 97 lineups: Nats at Braves

ATLANTA - The Nationals are attempting to pick themselves up off the mat after Friday night’s crushing loss. But in order to do that, they’ll need to take down the Braves’ ace tonight.

Mike Soroka, the 21-year-old owner of a 10-1 record and 2.24 ERA, takes the mound at SunTrust Park. He hasn’t take a loss since April 18 against the Diamondbacks. The Nats got a brief look at the right-hander last month in D.C., but you’ll remember he had to depart after only two innings when he was hit by a pitch on his throwing arm. Soroka came right back and started again five nights later, so there were no residual effects of the injury.

Sanchez-Pitches-Red-sidebar.jpgThe Nationals send Aníbal Sánchez to the mound tonight, and you’ll recall the veteran’s 180-degree turnaround this season began right here against his former team. On May 29, Sánchez came off the injured list and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. Since then he’s 5-0 with a 2.47 ERA.

The Nats will need another big performance out of Sánchez tonight. And then quality work from their bullpen. Should be interesting.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: SunTrust Park
Gametime: 7:20 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, FS1, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Slight chance of storms, 80 degrees, wind 6 mph out to left field

NATIONALS (51-45)
SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Matt Adams
2B Brian Dozier
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles
RHP Aníbal Sánchez

BRAVES (59-40)
CF Ronald Acuña Jr.
SS Dansby Swanson
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Nick Markakis
2B Ozzie Albies
C Brian McCann
LF Austin Riley
RHP Mike Soroka

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