Washington’s Nationals are 4-11 in their last 15 games, with a 7-11 record on the road after the three-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park left them 1-5 through six games on their three-city, ten-game road trip, which continues tonight in Los Angeles, with the first of four against the Dodgers, who are 15-4 at home so far in 2019.
“We keep beating ourselves right now,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nationals’ fourth straight loss on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve got to come out and play baseball. We battled back again, but we’ve got to start playing clean baseball, stop giving other teams 30 outs, and playing good baseball.
“If you think about it on the other end, we had 27 outs,  of them were strikeouts so we’ve got to start putting the ball in play.”
Martinez has repeatedly stressed the need to put the ball in play and move the ball around as the Nationals have struggled to score runs.
GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday that the Nationals’ offense has been “practically non-existent” since the injuries started piling up over the last few weeks, but the second-year skipper said he still believes the team will turn it around as they start to get players back.
“Like I’ve said before, we’re going to turn this around,” Martinez said, “but we’ve got to play baseball, we’ve got to play clean baseball. Nobody in there is going to hold their heads down, I’ll tell you right now. You watch the games, they battle back, the bullpen came in and pitched well, so we’ve got to keep our heads up and we’ve got to come out tomorrow and play baseball, good baseball. We’ve got Pat Corbin pitching tomorrow and he’s going to keep us in the game, and we’ve got to attack early, score early, and just get outs when we can.”
Is it hard to keep their heads up though, as the losses pile up and the hole they’re digging gets deeper?
“You listen to those guys and you listen to the coaches,” Martinez said, “we get a hit and they’re all clapping, they’re all pushing, and we score a run and they’re jacked up, so they’ve just got to feed off of that and they’ve got to believe in each other and continue to fight.”
The fight continues tonight, in the series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers...
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 1ST OF 4 WITH THE DODGERS:
#Nats at #Dodgers 1 of 4 in LA: Eaton - LF; Robles - RF; Rendon - 3B; Kendrick - 1B; Dozier - 2B; Gomes - C; Difo - SS; MAT - CF; Corbin - LHP.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) May 9, 2019