Davey Martinez’s offense struggled to get much of anything going against New York Mets’ lefty Steven Matz, who tossed five scoreless innings on Saturday afternoon, but they did manage to score a run off Robert Gsellman in the sixth, one off Justin Wilson in the top of the seventh, and three off Jeurys Familia in the top of the eighth inning before yet another bullpen implosion in the bottom of the eighth cost them the game.
“It’s just tough,” Martinez said after the 6-5 loss to the Nationals’ NL East rivals.
“Overall, I think our at bats were good, we lined out a couple times, we just couldn’t get nothing going, and all of a sudden the bats started getting going.”
Through seven games, five against the Mets, and two with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nats are now 3-4 with one to play in Citi Field this afternoon before the team travels to Citizens Bank Park for three more in a division that’s looking as tough as everyone predicted it would be early this season.
“It’s as expected,” Martinez told reporters on Saturday. “Every team is going to be good. So it’s going to be a battle. We’re going to grind, and we’re going to win our share of games, I know that for sure, so we’ve just got to come back tomorrow, be ready to play, and like I said, we’ll win the series.”
Max Scherzer is on the mound in the third of three in Flushing, Queens, NY today, facing the Mets for the second time this season after giving up two hits, three walks, and two runs in his Opening Day start. Scherzer struck out 12 batters in that outing, then added nine Ks in his second start of the year when he faced the Phillies.
Scherzer’s (0-2) so far this season. Will he lead the Nationals to a series win over the Mets?