Washington’s Nationals earned a split of their two-game set with the New York Yankees on Monday, taking the suspended game when a home run by Juan Soto put them ahead early in the bottom of the sixth, shortly after play resumed, but they dropped the nightcap to the current AL East division leaders.
“When you play those games like that, you have to come and try to score first,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after the 5-3 win in the first of two, “... that’s the biggest thing, and it worked out well.”
Erick Fedde couldn’t hold the lead the Nats gave him in the second game, however, giving up a two-run home run by Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Hicks that put the visiting team ahead for good in the fifth.
Martinez’s squad rallied in the ninth inning, with two runners reaching base against Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman before Trea Turner lined out to the warning track in right field.
“I’m proud of the boys, I really am,” Martinez said after the loss, which left the Nationals 3.5 games back in the NL East.
“I’ve always said this, and a sign of a good team is never quitting, and we didn’t quit. At the end of the day we faced one of the best closers in the game and we had him on the ropes, and Trea hit the ball to the warning track, so I’m really proud of them, and our bullpen.
“To me they did an amazing job, they really did. I asked them to do a lot today and they manned up and they did the best they could.”
Up next is a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles the Nationals swept in three games late last month.
Jefry Rodriguez is back up for the Nats after impressing in a spot start against the Atlanta Braves. Juan Soto is batting second. Huzzah. No Michael A. Taylor again. Hmm? And Matt Adams just went on the DL with a fractured left index finger.