Davey Martinez and his club will try to avoid getting swept in the series finale this afternoon in the nation’s capital.
“The beautiful thing about it is it’s one game, we come back tomorrow and here we go, we do it again,” Martinez said after Saturday’s loss, noting that if a few things went differently, the Nationals might have gotten a different result.
They didn’t get much of anything off Padres’ starter Eric Lauer early, but they managed to tie it up at 2-2 on Juan Soto’s two-run blast in the sixth, then they took back-to-back walks from Adam Warren in the seventh and got a sac bunt from Michael A. Taylor to move both of the runners into scoring position before Carter Kieboom’s sharp grounder to second and (after a walk to Adam Eaton) a fly to center by Victor Robles ended the threat.
It went to extra innings tied at 2-2 before the Nationals’ bullpen cost them another game.
“The guys are playing good, you know — Carter hits a ball off his bat at 110 MPH, it hits the mound, and it kicks right, right to [Ian] Kinsler. Stephen Strasburg, I ask him to slash, and he hits a bullet and [Manny] Machado made a great play, so those two balls right there go any other way, it’s a different game, but they didn’t. Now we get into the 10th inning and we’re just asking our bullpen to keep us right there, because our offense is good, and it is. We didn’t hit the way we should have today, but they’ve been good. We’ve got to get this bullpen to keep us right there.”
What was the vibe in the clubhouse after the game? Is frustration starting to set in?
“We’ve got a lot of veterans in that clubhouse,” Martinez said, “... and what’s good is they came in and they said, ‘Hey, we’ll get them tomorrow. We’ll get them tomorrow.’ I know we’re going through some rough times, but they really believe they’re good, and I believe they’re really good, so they’re going to come back here and be ready to play tomorrow.”
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE FINALE WITH THE PADRES:
Anthony Rendon gets another day off after playing on Friday and sitting with a sore elbow on Saturday.
Also there are reports that Erick Fedde is in D.C. though why is unclear...