Dusty Baker went with a mix of young and old players in the series finale with Atlanta in the nation’s capital, resting some veterans, and starting some bench players and a few prospects in what ended up a sweep-avoiding 5-2 win over the Braves.
Baker told reporters after the game that he planned to get his everyday players back in the lineup tonight in the first of three with the Los Angeles Dodgers in D.C.
“We got some production out of our young guys, and got some energy tonight,” Baker said, “... and so hopefully that will transfer into [tonight] with our veteran guys against the Dodgers, and hopefully they’ll be rested and ready to go [tonight].”
Victor Robles (2 for 4, two runs scored) came up big for the Nationals last night, and in his post game press conference, Baker talked about the energy all the young players in the organization have provided since they were called back up.
“The young players, I’ve always said, you hope that they give you energy and we give them some wisdom and knowledge on how to play the game,” Baker explained.
“And we can take something from them, and hopefully they can take something from us. That’s what we were hoping tonight when I had that lineup out there tonight, and it feels good to get back on the winning side of things, now we’ve got one more to go for 90 [wins] and then go from there.”
Tonight the Nationals take on a Dodgers team that’s dropped 16 of 19 but won two in a row coming into the three-game set in the nation’s capital.