(CBS) With a left-hander in the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez taking the mound, the Cubs made a few adjustments to their lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday afternoon in Washington D.C.
Righty-swinging Albert Almora Jr. will lead off and get the start in center field, and lefty-swinging outfielder Jason Heyward will come off the bench. Switch-hitting Ian Happ will start in left field, while switch-hitting Ben Zobrist plays right as outfielder Kyle Schwarber returns to the bench after a Game 1 start.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dry And Not As Hot
Almora hit .342 with an .897 OPS against left-handers this season. He didn’t play in Game 1, which the Cubs won 3-0 as Kyle Hendricks outdueled Stephen Strasburg.
Gonzalez made one start against the Cubs this season, suffering a loss despite throwing fairly well on June 26 at Nationals Park. He went six innings, allowing one run, earned, on two hits and five walks while striking out eight.READ MORE: Massive Chemical Plant Fire In Rockton, Illinois, Could Burn For Days
First pitch in Game 2 is at 4:38 p.m. and can be heard on 670 The Score, which starts its pregame coverage at 3:30 p.m.
Here’s the Cubs’ lineup:MORE NEWS: Chicago’s Speed Cameras Churn Out Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tickets After Rule Change
Albert Almora Jr., CF
Kris Bryant, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Willson Contreras, C
Addison Russell, SS
Ben Zobrist, RF
Javier Baez, 2B
Ian Happ, LF
Jon Lester, P