Washington won two of four in San Diego’s Petco Park and one of two in Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on the recently-completed 3-3 road trip, and the Nationals got a beat up some in the series finale with the White Sox.
Victor Robles made a fairly spectacular catch in center field, but scraped his hand up some, and both Howie Kendrick (on the foot) and Kurt Suzuki (backside) got hit by pitches.
So how did they come out of the game? Robles?
“He got scraped up, but he’ll be fine,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters after the 7-5 loss in the finale with the Sox.
He was impressed with Robles’s play in the finale as well.
“He’s really good,” Martinez said.
“He’s really just scratching the surface up here and learning how to play the game, but he’s just an incredible athlete and you can see what he can do. He comes to play every day.
“Plays hard every day.”
Robles was just 4 for 19 (.211 AVG) on the trip, however, leaving him with a .236/.310/.413 line overall on the season.
Kendrick was hitless in the second of two with the White Sox, leaving him 7 for 20 (.350 AVG) with a double, a home run, three walks and a K in 24 plate appearances on the trip.
He was hobbled a bit by a pitch to the foot from lefty Aaron Bummer in the eighth, but he stayed in the game and Martinez said afterwards he wasn’t concerned.
“Howie should be good. He got hit pretty good on the foot, but he stayed in the game, so he should be okay.”
“He’s good, it hit him in a good spot,” Martinez said with a laugh.
Suzuki went 1 for 7 on the trip, and he’s 5 for 14 (.357 AVG) with two doubles and a home run so far this month, leaving him with a .278/.331/.487 overall on the season.
Though they lost the final game on the trip, the Nationals did put up two runs early and they scored three late, and their manager said he liked the at bats his hitters put together.
“Well their at bats have been really good throughout,” he said, “it’s just one of those things [where] their starting pitcher settled down a little bit, we still hit the ball pretty hard, a couple line drive outs, but then all of a sudden we started coming back and scoring some points, we just couldn’t finish it today.”
The Nationals’ finished the trip 16-21 on the road this season, and now they’re back home in D.C., where they’re 15-15 as they start an 11-game homestand with Arizona (4), Philly (4), and Atlanta (3).
Robles and Suzuki are in there and Kendrick is getting a night off.