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Washington Nationals’ lineup for series finale with San Diego Padres + Davey Martinez talks Michael A. Taylor...

Washington and San Diego wrap up their three-game set in D.C. at 4:05 PM EDT in Nationals Park.

San Diego Padres v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Going back to the start of the last series with the San Diego Padres, in Petco Park, Michael A. Taylor is just 8 for 45 (.178/.196/.289) with three doubles, one triple, one walk, and 19 Ks over 47 plate appearances. That rough stretch has left the Nationals’ 27-year-old outfielder with a .190/.254/.319 line on the season, 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 14 walks, and 15 Ks in 178 PAs.

Taylor was 0 for 3 with two Ks in last night’s game before he stepped in with Juan Soto on second base in the ninth, and drove in the winning run with a walk-off double to center off Padres’ lefty Matt Strahm.

Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said the hit was obviously a big one, not just for Taylor, but for the entire team.

“I’m so happy for him,” Martinez said. “He’s been working diligently to get his swing right, and the last two days, he’s actually been swinging really well.”

Before his big hit last night, Taylor kept the game tied at 1-1 with an absolute laser of a throw in from center in the sixth to get Jose Pirela at the plate when he tried to score on a two-out single by Franmil Reyes.

“He knew what he had to do, he knew it was a big moment, and he came, gathered himself, went to the ball and made a perfect throw,” Martinez explained when asked about Taylor’s Statcast-worthy, highlight reel outfield assist.

“Apparently he threw the ball like 98.6 mph or something like that. For a second there I thought if we need somebody to pitch, it would be Michael.”

While acknowledging Taylor’s struggles at the plate, Martinez said he was impressed that the center fielder hasn’t taken it into the field.

“We talk about this all the time, and I tell Michael, he’s a Gold Glover out there, so you’re out there to play defense, don’t take your at bats out there. Play defense, save us runs, and he’s really good at that. He doesn’t ever take his at bats out there, so for him to come and get a big hit like that for us to win the game and to make the play that he made, was outstanding.”

Would Taylor still be out there if the Nats had all their outfield options healthy and available though?


NOTES: OMG OMG OMG Juan Soto No. 2 hitter.