Washington’s Nationals have won seven of their last ten overall and two of three in the series with the Cincinnati Reds with one to play today.
Davey Martinez was asked after last night’s 6-2 win, which followed a 7-1 loss in the day half of the doubleheader, what was working for the Nationals’ offense as they’ve turned things around over the last few weeks.
“We’re using the whole field,” he said, “I mean, really, and taking our walks. I’ve said that over and over again.
“When we do that we’re pretty good, but a lot of balls — [Wilmer] Difo staying up the middle of the field, [Juan] Soto, a lot of hits going up the middle of the field, that was nice.
“[Anthony] Rendon left-center field, all that’s nice.”
“It’s just good to see the team come together,” Matt Adams told reporters after going 2 for 3 with his 18th home run in the nightcap.
“We’ve been playing good baseball the last handful of games, and we battled today.
“It’s just good to get — we wanted to get two, but battled to get the split and we’ll come back tomorrow ready to go.”
“I think we’re just having good at bats,” Bryce Harper added. “Putting it all together and our lineup is pretty deep. You know, [Ryan Zimmerman] was our seven-hole hitter last game, and when you get everybody in there that’s pretty impressive. I thought everybody swung the bat pretty well today as a whole, and first and second game, so I thought we went out there and did well today.”
“I think all year long the guys at the top of the order have been doing a good job getting on base,” Adams said.
“And then the middle of the order, even the guys at the bottom of the order, we’re getting opportunities with guys in scoring position and we’ve been able to cash in the last week or so to try to get this team rolling and that’s what we’re doing.”
Will they keep rolling in the series finale with the Reds, or struggle like they did in the loss in the first of two on Saturday... or something in-between?