But Davey Martinez’s squad got contributions up and down the lineup with the likes of Matt Adams (1 for 4, 2-run HR), Asdrúbal Cabrera (1 for 3, 2B, BB), Gerardo Parra (2 for 4, RBI), and Howie Kendrick (PH 2B, and the eventual winning run) all pitching in.
Adams was supposed to back Ryan Zimmerman up at first base again this season, but with both Zimmerman, and recently Kendrick, injured in the last few weeks, Adams has been in the lineup most nights. Cabrera joined the Nationals over the weekend, and he’s played in three straight games with Brian Dozier under the weather. Parra has sparked the Nationals’ on an off the field since he was signed as a free agent in May.
Martinez is getting help from his starters and his bench players, though he said he didn’t like calling them “bench” players.
“For me, we don’t have ‘bench’ players, we have role players, and they know what their roles are,” the second-year skipper explained, “and any time you get those guys in the game, to me they’re just professional players, they hit, they play good defense, they do all the right things, and Asdrúbal has come and helped us out, he’s got some big hits for us already, and Parra, since he’s been here has been unbelievable, so getting those guys in the lineup — I’ve got to get them in the lineup is the problem, and keep the bats going.”
Regardless of which players start, Martinez said, he can look down the bench and see a few options for any situation that arises during the course of a game.
“When I can go down the bench and say, ‘I can use Howie now, or I can use Dozier, or even when Asdrúbal’s not playing, or Parra,’ it’s kind of nice,” he explained.
Which players will he start in tonight’s game, as the Nationals go for a third straight win?