Game #122 Nats go for another series win

The Washington Nationals suffered another blown save last night — but they did not allow it to become a loss. The Nats won last night when they stormed back with a 4-run eighth inning to win 6-2 against the Red Sox, and today the Nats have a chance to win this series.

When the season started, Patrick Corbin took the top spot in the rotation, and now he is pitching after lefty MacKenzie Gore who threw a 6 1/3 inning scoreless gem last night. Corbin gets the opportunity to watch with catcher Riley Adams what Gore did to be successful, and they just need to do their best to replicate that.

After this game, there is just 40-games remaining in this 2023 season. Two weeks from tomorrow is September 1, and rosters can expand to 28 players. Until then, the Nats need to grind and pile up the Curly W’s.

With lefty Chris Sale going for the Red Sox, manager Dave Martinez will go with his right-handed lineup. That will put Jeter Downs, the former Red Sox top prospect, in at shortstop today to face his previous team. The last time we saw Downs play was as the walk-off hero on Sunday.

“Just a scheduled day off for [CJ Abrams] with the lefty [on the mound]. I wanted to give him a day. He’s been doing really well for us so.

— manager Dave Martinez said

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.79 for 24th best in MLB.

Here is how they rank:

No. 6 Starter: Trevor Williams 5.20
No. 5 Starter: Joan Adon 5.00 (starter’s ERA only)
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 4.85
No. 3 Starter: Jake Irvin 4.76
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 4.38
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 3.96

Here is your Baseball Savant Statcast Link for the game.

Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app

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