Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez didn’t mince his words when he talked with reporters after the Nats’ come-from-behind 8-6 win over the New York Mets in Citi Field in last night’s series opener. The win, which was the Nationals’ first in five games with the NL East-leading Mets this season, was a big one, even for April.
“That was big,” Martinez said.
“Super big. I’m not going to sit here and lie. I said the boys are fired up. Testament to them. They don’t quit. They’re going to keep battling, and you saw that today. Each and every one of those guys played with unbelievable heart today.”
Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 4 with a home run and two-run single, was asked what the fight the Nationals showed after falling behind 6-1 showed everyone about the team.
“I mean I just think we’re a team that’s going to battle to the end no matter what,” Harper said.
“If it’s 6-1 — or if we’re up 6-1, it’s just how we are, we’re going to battle every single day, and we’ve got a great manager inside that office that believes in us and pulls on that same rope with us every single day, and we’re excited to get going tomorrow.”
“It was fun,” Trea Turner said after a two-hit game. “Winning is a lot better than losing. I think winning in general is good, but the way we did tonight was I guess a little more special.”
“Tough situation we were in and we pulled ourselves out of it,” he added, and they did it in a game against the current division leaders, which always helps.
“You never want to get too far in a hole,” Turner explained, after the Nationals pulled within 5.0 games of first.
“You don’t want to get too far behind, and have to play catch-up all year. The series is definitely big for us, but a lot of baseball left.”
Martinez’s squad tries for a second straight win against the Mets in the second of three in Citi Field tonight at 7:10 PM EDT.
HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR TONIGHT’S MATCHUP WITH THE METS:
#Nats @ #Mets 2 of 3 in Citi Field: Turner SS, Kendrick 2B, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Sierra LF, Taylor CF, Difo 3B, Severino C, Gonzalez LHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 17, 2018