Washington’s Nationals connected for 15 hits, scored six runs, and went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the nation’s capital.
Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, and Daniel Murphy all had multi-hit games, Max Scherzer battled through a less-than-stellar start, and the bullpen put up three scoreless innings as the Nationals added runs late after jumping out to a 3-0 lead.
“Bryce is slowly but surely starting to become the Bryce that we all know,” Davey Martinez told reporters after the win.
“He had some great at bats today, he really did, and Matt Adams continues to hit, Soto, I say this all the time and I preach it all the time, when we stay in the middle of the field we’re really good, and we put the ball in play, and it’s good to see, and Murphy swung the bat really good today too, so let’s continue to do that, and our starting pitching keeps us in the game we’re going to start scoring runs.”
Rendon (2 for 5) extended a hit-streak to ten-straight games with a two-run triple in the first, Harper (2 for 4) homered for the 24th time this season, and Soto went 3 for 4 hitting opposite field doubles in each of his last two at bats, leaving him 12 for 27 with two doubles and two home runs in his last ten games.
Martinez was asked if the 19-year-old outfielder is heating up again... which drew a laugh from the first-year skipper.
“I don’t know if he ever was not hot,” Martinez said. “What I tell him is just to be consistent, and take your walks and don’t try to do too much, stay in the middle of the field. When he does that he works some really good at bats.”
Will they keep it up tonight in the first of three with the Brewers in Milwaukee?
With right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the mound, Martinez is getting Ryan Zimmerman in there for his first start since coming off the Disabled list.