Phillies vs. Nationals: Lineups, starters, injury updates, how to watch for April 7

The lineups are set as Cristopher Sánchez and the Philadelphia Phillies go for the sweep against MacKenzie Gore and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Philadelphia Phillies try to sweep the Washington Nationals on Sunday
Philadelphia Phillies try to sweep the Washington Nationals on Sunday / Jess Rapfogel/GettyImages

The Philadelphia Phillies (4-4) won their first series of the 2024 season with a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals (2-6) on Saturday. The Phillies will look to go over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Ranger Suárez picked up his first win of the young season with a solid six innings of four-hit ball, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts. The bats went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position but managed enough offense behind J.T. Realmuto's three-run home run in the third inning. José Alvarado secured his second save of the season with one strikeout and one walk in a somewhat laborious 28-pitch ninth inning.

The team also announced before the game that reliever Connor Brogdon had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a young left-hander, Benony Robles.

Phillies vs. Nationals probable pitchers

  • Cristopher Sánchez (0-0) will start for the Phillies today after a strong five-inning, eight-strikeout season debut against the Cincinnati Reds. Last season, the left-hander faced Washington twice. He went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA across 12 innings of work in which he struck out 11 while walking just one batter.
  • The Nationals will counter with MacKenzie Gore, pitching in his third MLB season. The lefty took a no-decision in his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. In 2023, Gore went 0-3 with a 10.54 ERA against the Phillies, who scored 16 runs on 22 hits, including five long balls, off the 25-year-old. He did strikeout 14 batters in his 13 2/3 innings against Philadelphia, however.

Phillies vs. Nationals injury updates

  • Nationals shortstop C.J. Abrams was scratched before Saturday's game with a bone bruise on his left pinkie finger (his non-throwing hand), which he injured while sliding on Friday night. X-rays were negative, but he's out of the lineup again on Sunday.

Philadelphia Phillies starting lineup, April 7

  • 1. DH Kyle Schwarber
  • 2. SS Trea Turner
  • 3. 1B Bryce Harper
  • 4. C J.T. Realmuto
  • 5. 3B Alec Bohm
  • 6. RF Nick Castellanos
  • 7. LF Whit Merrifield
  • 8. 2B Edmundo Sosa
  • 9. CF Cristian Pache

Washington Nationals starting lineup, April 7

  • 1. CF Jacob Young
  • 2. LF Jesse Winker
  • 3. RF Lane Thomas
  • 4. 1B Joey Gallo
  • 5. DH Joey Meneses
  • 6. C Riley Adams
  • 7. SS Ildemaro Vargas
  • 8. 3B Trey Lipscomb
  • 9. 2B Luis García Jr.

What channel is the Philadelphia Phillies game on today?

  • Game time: 1:35 p.m. ET
  • NBCSP will have the Phillies broadcast.
  • The Nationals broadcast will be on MASN.

How do I stream the Philadelphia Phillies game today?

How can I listen to the Philadelphia Phillies game today?

  • The Phillies broadcast will be on 94 WIP and WTTM 1680.
  • Nationals fans can tune into the game on 106.7 The Fan and DC 87.7.