“Wasn’t the way that we scripted it, but we’ll take it,” Davey Martinez said after Washington’s Nationals walked off on the New York Mets on a solo home run by Trea Turner in the bottom of the ninth inning this afternoon.
Martinez admitted after the game that he didn’t actually see Turner’s second blast of the series finale, which gave the Nats a 6-5 curly-W.
“Actually, I didn’t watch it,” Martinez told reporters after the Nationals avoided a sweep and earned their first win of the season.
“I said, ‘I’m not going to watch it, and when this ball goes over the wall we’ll all celebrate,’ and that was it,” Martinez said with a laugh. “And that’s how it went down.”
It was Turner’s second home run of the game and the 2019 campaign, after he hit a three-run blast earlier in the third of three with the Mets. Martinez said that the infielder actually joked after the first of two blasts that he’d thought about laying down a bunt when he got up with runners on first and third in the bottom of the third inning.
“He said, ‘Hey, I thought about bunting for a hit,’ and I told him, I said, ‘Well, guess what, your next four at bats, think about bunting for a hit and keep hitting it the way you hit it.”
Turner talked after the win about how he experienced the second walk-off homer of his career.
“I was thinking, ‘We finally got our first win,’” Turner said when asked what he thought as he rounded the bases.
His mindset in that at bat against left-handed reliever Justin Wilson?
“Just trying to put a good swing on the ball,” he explained, “... and get on base for [Anthony] Rendon and [Juan] Soto, and [Ryan Zimmerman] or whoever was in, Matt Adams, you know, try to get on for him and score.”
“What a game by Trea today,” Patrick Corbin said after making his first start in a Nationals uniform.
“That was pretty special to see that in person, stealing bases, hitting for power, and playing great defense. Going to be fun watching him all year.”