The boys don’t quit. If you’ve listened to Davey Martinez’s post-game pressers at all over the last two seasons, you know that he believes in the Washington Nationals’ willingness to fight even when things aren’t going well.
With the team five games under .500 and struggling to deal with a laundry list of injuries, it would not have been surprising if they folded after what ended up being a five-run seventh for the Philadelphia Phillies last night in Citizens Bank Park, which turned a 5-3 lead into an 8-5 deficit, but instead they buckled down, even with a depleted roster, and put up four in the eighth, then added a run in the ninth in a 10-8 win.
“We talk about it, and I can tell you, they never quit,” Martinez told reporters late last night in South Philadelphia.
“They really feel like they’re in every game, and you can see their attitude,” the manager added. “Tremendous game today. They fought back and we were able to pull it out.”
With the score tied at 3-3 after six, the Nationals’ young stars made things happen in the seventh, with Carter Kieboom and Andrew Stevenson singling and scoring on a bunt by Victor Robles, when Philly reliever Juan Nicasio threw one away, then the four-run eighth inning, after they fell behind 8-5, saw Wilmer Difo and Kieboom connect for one and two-out singles to set Kurt Suzuki up with a pinch hit RBI opportunity.
Suzuki took reliever Adam Morgan deep for a three-run blast to left, and Robles followed with a solo shot to right that put the Nationals ahead, 9-8.
“We kind of have to get creative,” Martinez said. “We’re getting beat up. The problem is we had two guys that got injured today, so I said, ‘Hey, we’re just going to have to do the little things, try to get guys over, try to just get a couple runs, and they did that tonight.”
Martinez and Co. will have to get creative just to fill out their lineup today after Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams were both injured in last night’s game. How did they do it?
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 3RD OF 3 WITH THE PHILLIES:
Remember when Kurt Suzuki hit a pinch-hit, game-tying 3R HR last night?— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 5, 2019
If not: Kurt Suzuki hit a pinch-hit, game-tying 3R HR last night.#OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/os8pjSrdUc