Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 with two singles and a “butt catch” as he described the liner he caught in right field as he stumbled and fell in last night’s 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins, and Washington’s right and sometimes left fielder talked after the win about the importance of back-to-back wins against the Nationals’ NL East rivals.
Do comeback wins like the 14-12 one in the series opener and walk-off wins like last night’s mean a little more than an average win?
“Absolutely,” Eaton said. “I think guys — we’re all human here, and when you come in the next day you’ve got a little more to you, you’ve got a little happier approach to life, and like I said, we’re all human, so having a walk-off win everyone is in a little better mood coming into the ballpark the next day, has a little more giddyup and I think you saw that today.”
“Hopefully these two in a row that we’ve won, hopefully it propels us again in this third game,” Eaton continued.
“We want to win the series tomorrow and continue on, so like I said, hopefully that spirit lives on for another day.”
“I feel like the team feels more inspired,” Wilmer Difo told reporters, after he went 2 for 4 as well, “and that’s the way it feels in the dugout, and hopefully from here on things are going to change.”
While things don’t seem quite as bleak as they did following the three-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox earlier this week, there’s still a lot of work to do.
“I don’t want to say it’s a turning point of the season,” Mark Reynolds said after his walk-off home run gave the Nationals a consecutive wins for the first time since June 5-6.
“Hopefully it instills some confidence in here that gets us back to who we know we are.”