Washington won a sloppy series opener with Miami 12-10, but they got a clean win in on Saturday afternoon with Nationals’ left-hander Patrick Corbin leading the way over nine scoreless innings on the mound in a 5-0 game.
“They played really well,” manager Davey Martinez said after the second straight win in the nation’s capital. “Defense was good. The boys were engaged, the at bats were good again, so let’s continue to play like we did today and yesterday and keep piling up these wins.”
All five of the runs the Nationals scored came in the fourth, in an inning that began with a baserunning gaffe which looked like it might derail things.
Adam Eaton singled to start the frame, but he went too far around second on an Anthony Rendon hit in the next at bat and was tagged out after trying to hit the breaks.
Rendon took second on the play though, while the Marlins were running Eaton down, and Juan Soto followed with an RBI single that started the scoring.
Soto moved up on a walk by Matt Adams, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Brian Dozier grounder to third, juking catcher Bryan Holaday and sneaking around the tag when the throw home was high and wide with a hook slide for the second run before catcher Yan Gomes hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three more.
“You talk about being a good teammate and part of it is picking each other up,” Martinez said.
“[Eaton] runs into an out. Soto picks him up with a base hit and then we keep rolling, that’s part of it. [Eaton] was trying to be aggressive there, just like [Victor] Robles who went to second base [on a weak grounder to center] and was safe. And then [Eaton] goes out there and makes an unbelievable play [on a sliding catch] in right field. That’s team baseball.”
What did Martinez think of getting a relatively clean win for a change after getting swept in four straight in New York and beating Miami in a sloppy opener?
“They had a lot of fun,” he said. “The dugout was, like I said, just hopping the whole game, from the first pitch. I mean, they were yelling and screaming and then Patrick goes out and does what he does and it seems like you get that flow and that energy as the game goes on and you see what Patrick is doing and everybody feeds off that and to play a game like that, clean, Patrick goes nine, everybody contributes, you know, Gomes with a big hit, it’s amazing, and they all feel it and they’re all in there celebrating right now, and it’s a lot of fun and let’s come back and do it again.”
Will the Nationals win a third straight game for the first time this season? We find out at 1:35 PM EDT this afternoon...