Things got ugly last night. Washington was down 2-0 after one, 4-2 after three, 6-2 after five, 8-2 after six, and finally 12-2 after nine. Philadelphia’s Phillies ran away with the first game of the three-game set in Nationals Park, connecting for 15 hits total, going 5 for 11 with runner in scoring position, and drawing eight walks from the five pitchers the Nats’ skipper, Davey Martinez, sent out to the mound.
“For me, today was the first game where we really got blown out,” Martinez said after the loss. “That was a blowout. Everybody saw the game.”
“We’ve been playing really well,” he continued. “We’ve just got to keep our heads up, and guys go home, get their rest, and come back tomorrow and do it again.
“Hope [Erick] Fedde comes back tomorrow and keeps us close in the game and we’ll have a chance to win.”
Tanner Roark, who had another rough outing, giving up seven hits, four walks, and six runs in 4 1⁄3 IP, echoed his manager’s sentiments, saying they just needed to move on from the loss, their seventh in the last ten, which left them 3.5 games out, in third place in the NL East.
“It’s not even All-Star Break yet,” Roark said when asked about falling into third behind the Phillies and first-place Atlanta Braves. “We’ll be fine. I’m confident in all these guys in here, and guys are coming back from injuries, and once we get it clicking I think we’ll be okay.”
“We’ll come back tomorrow and play our game,” Michael A. Taylor added, after extending his personal hit streak to 13-straight games with a 1 for 4 night at the plate.
“Games like that happen,” Taylor added, “just kind of forget about it and move on.”
Rain may delay the process of moving on some for the Nationals with more inclement weather in the forecast in the nation’s capital.