Washington’s Nationals haven’t won a series since they took 2 of 3 from San Francisco in the three-game set with the Giants on April 16-18. They have a chance to earn a win (or if they lose, settle for a split) in the four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine this afternoon, and they have Stephen Strasburg on the mound in the finale.
Davey Martinez’s squad also has a bit of momentum on their side for a change, after they put up five runs in the eighth inning last night to rally from a 2-0 deficit in what ended up being a 5-2 win.
“I can’t say enough about the guys, you know, just staying with it and playing hard all game, playing good defense,” Martinez told reporters after the third game of the series.
“Max [Scherzer] was really good. Really good. We had a good conversation and he wanted to stay out for the seventh and we were able to come back and get a win for him.”
Though they struggled to get much of anything going against Dodgers’ right-hander Walker Buehler (7.0 scoreless), the Nationals got to LA’s pen last night, with Juan Soto (who came off the Injured List a few hours earlier) connecting for a bases-loaded, RBI single, and newly-signed outfielder Gerardo Parra hitting a grand slam in his third game with team to put the visitors on top in the eighth.
“Our lineup, we’ve got some guys back, it’s lengthening a little bit, so I like where we’re at, I really do, and I think we’re trending in the right direction,” Martinez said.
“We played really well,” the manager added, “our bats started coming around and we were able to put up five runs in the eighth.”
The Nationals did, however, endure a stretch of 16 innings in a row without a run between the ninth inning of Thursday’s series opener and the eighth inning on Saturday night.
Will they find a way to make it easier on themselves in the series finale this afternoon?