With their 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals have won six of seven, eight of 10, 13 of 16, and 16 of the last 21.
Davey Martinez talked after the series finale with the O’s about his team’s offense bouncing back after an off night in the first of two in the nation’s capital, scoring five in the bottom of the first inning and adding three more.
“Once again, this is about attacking early in the game, scoring first, I mean, that’s been our message and they came out today, and that first inning was good, really good,” Martinez said.
It started when Adam Eaton got hit by a pitch, and Anthony Rendon doubled in the next at bat, followed by a two-run triple by Juan Soto, an RBI single by Asdrúbal Cabrera, and then a two-run home run by Kurt Suzuki.
“They came back,” Martinez added, after the Nationals were shut out, 2-0, on Monday.
“Juan hit a ball off the wall in center field, [Suzuki] got a good pitch, but we started working balls, [Brian] Dozier today, a couple hits the other way, just using the whole field, and that’s a great sign for us.”
Before the win over the Orioles, GM Mike Rizzo talked with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies about the depth of the roster the Nationals are fielding at this point, and why the mix they have can cause issues for opposing pitchers.
“It’s a good, deep lineup,” Rizzo said. “It’s a lineup that can score a bunch of different ways. We can steal the bases, we can take our walks, we don’t strike out much, we move the ball around, we’re a contact team that can leave the yard at certain times. It’s a well-balanced lineup, lefty/righty, we don’t have too huge of splits with a lot of the players, we’ve got veterans coming off the bench that can fill in and aren’t afraid to get big hits at the end of games, so the lineup is constructed that way. I think you’re seeing it at full health right now.
“I think you’re seeing guys seeing the ball well,” Rizzo added, “our front four is probably as good as anybody’s in the game right now with [Trea] Turner, Eaton, Rendon, and Soto, and it’s really fun to watch, and these guys grind out pitchers, they see a lot of pitches, we foul off a lot of pitches, we put the ball in play and we put pressure on the defense.”
Tonight, Rizzo and Martinez’s club is going up the Miami Marlins, against whom they are 10-3 so far on the season.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 1ST OF 3 WITH THE FISH:
Kurt Suzuki’s 52 RBIs are the most runs he’s driven in since his All-Star season in 2014.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 30, 2019
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NOTE: Davey Martinez said after Wednesday’s game that Adam Eaton was sore after a HBP on the right knee/high ankle, but X-rays were negative. Be interesting to see what if any updates Martinez has pregame since Eaton’s not in tonight’s lineup.