Adam Eaton sparked last night’s eighth-inning rally with a two-out double off of Milwaukee Brewers’ right-hander Joakim Soria (to end a nine-pitch at bat), and Trea Turner (RBI single), Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon (back-to-back walks), and Juan Soto (two-run single off lefty Dan Jennings) put the Washington Nationals ahead, 4-3, before a wild pitch with Ryan Zimmerman at the plate brought the eventual winning run home, 5-3.
Eaton, Turner, Harper, Rendon, and Soto all got to two strikes in their respective at bats as well, before reaching base.
It all happened after rain delay that approached two hours, and the late rally took place at around 12:30 AM in D.C.
“It was awesome,” Davey Martinez said after the 5-4 win.
“It was a testament to the boys,” he added. “They don’t quit. First and foremost I’m glad we were able to play and finish the game, because it was a close game.
“They wanted to get back out there and play, they got the field ready and we were able to come back and get a big win.”
Soto was 2 for 3 with a walk before the two-run hit in the eighth, and he finished the night 3 for 4 with his fifth multi-hit game in the last seven, leaving him with a .301/.416/.520 line for the year. He fell behind 1-2 in the at bat against veteran lefty Dan Jennings, spit on a fastball inside, then sent a 2-2 fastball back up the middle to lift the Nationals to a lead.
What impressed Martinez about Soto in that at bat was the same thing he’s been talking about since the 19-year-old came up, his two-strike approach.
“His two-strike approach, being patient, staying up the middle,” Martinez said.
“We talk about it almost every day. In those situations, use the biggest part of the field, hit the ball up the middle.”
The win gave the Nationals an opportunity to earn a split of the three-game set with the Brewers this afternoon in the nation’s capital.