Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez was clearly pleased with his team’s 15-hit, 15-run outburst in Sunday’s series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He told reporters the Nationals have been swinging the bats well lately, and said he hopes it continues.
“They were good. They stayed through the middle of the field, they hit the ball well all day,” Martinez said.
“We swung the bats the bats well today,” the manager added, “... so keep swinging the bats, and compete tomorrow.”
Matt Adams hit a three-run home run and a grand slam, and has now hit safely in his last six starts, going 9 for 23 (.391 AVG) with two doubles, three home runs, one walk, and a total of six runs scored over that stretch.
“He’s letting the ball travel a little bit,” Martinez said, “... getting the ball up in the zone, not chasing, and swinging at strikes.”
Adam Eaton went 3 for 3 with two walks in the 15-5 win, scoring three runs as well. Eaton’s gone 14 for 39 (.359 AVG) with a double, one triple, one home run, eight walks, and eight runs scored so far in June, leaving him with a .280/.365/.398 line overall this season.
Howie Kendrick went 3 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs against the D-backs on Sunday, leaving him with a .333/.383/.602 line in 59 games and 193 PAs this season, over which he’s hit 10 doubles and 12 HRs.
“I talked about this with him,” Martinez said when asked about Kendrick’s performance after the game.
“Not only is he a good player, but he’s an unbelievable leader in that clubhouse. Right now he’s one of my saviors, so I said this this whole week, to me he’s an All-Star, he deserves to be on the All-Star team.”
Anthony Rendon, (who should be an All-Star too), went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs on Sunday, leaving him with a .340/.400/.698 line in June, and a .321/.415/.660 line overall on the season.
Three of the four (Adams, Eaton, and Rendon) were penciled in as part of the starting lineup for last night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies before it was postponed, and with the Phils sticking with Jake Arrieta, who was scheduled to start last night, Martinez is sticking to the same mix tonight.