Going 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and 12 runners left on base is no way to win a game.
Washington’s Nationals had their opportunities last night in what ended up a 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but they couldn’t push any runs across after scoring one in the first on a bases-loaded grounder.
“We hit some balls hard today too, we really did,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez told reporters after the game.
“With men on base, like I’ve said before, we’ve got to stay in the middle of the field, not get big, and just try to drive in one run, not all of them, just one run.”
“We had opportunities to score, we couldn’t score,” the first-year skipper added at another point.
Trea Turner, who went 3 for 4 with a walk on the night, talked after the game about playing on an emotional night when two more veteran Nats (Ryan Madson and Gio Gonzalez) were dealt.
“We had a game to play,” Turner explained. “I’ve got at bats that I’ve got to help my team, contribute to, so you’ve got to play defense for [starter] Tanner [Roark]. For me personally, I’m pretty focused on the game. Obviously I don’t want to see a good person like [Gonzalez] go, and the same thing with Madson. Two great guys, great teammates, you don’t want to ever see them go, but I guess the situation is what it is, this is where we’re at, and you’ve got to kind of compartmentalize different things and let them know that they’ll be missed but you’ve got a job to do as well.”
His reaction to all the trades the Nationals have made over the last few weeks?
“I don’t know,” Turner said.
“I think that stuff’s out of my control. I try never to really focus on that stuff. I don’t try to play manager or GM in my head because I’m not smart enough. I don’t have all the information, I don’t know what they’re thinking, so my job is to play baseball and I hope we have a great team here for a long, long time, and I hope we play good baseball for this last month.”