With two losses in three games in Arizona and seven losses in their last 10, Washington’s Nationals found themselves 7.0 games out in the NL East and tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for the National League’s second Wild Card spot.
Their 39-22 run since May 24th gave them the fourth-best record in the majors (tied with the Phillies) after Sunday’s loss, but the Nationals are scuffling after fighting their way back into the division and Wild Card races.
Davey Martinez’s squad has to keep it going down the stretch if they’re going to make it back to the postseason.
“We’ll get it back together, we will,” Martinez told reporters after the second straight loss in Chase Field, in a game which saw the Nationals battle back to tie it twice only to have Nats’ starter Patrick Corbin and reliever Wander Suero give runs right back.
“We’re battling back,” he said. “We’re swinging. We’re hitting the balls pretty good. We scored five runs today, a bunch last night, like I said, we’ve got to get more consistent, we’ve got to have those shutdown innings again like we did when we were going really good and we’ll go from there.”
“You’re going to have games like this where you battle out there and then things just didn’t go my way,” Corbin said. “I thought I tried battling, just things didn’t get there. I thought the offense did a great job to come back when I gave up some runs there, kept us in the game, we still had a chance to win today, just didn’t work out.
“Throw this one away, and come back tomorrow and be ready to go. The Giants have been playing well, we know that, so just try to turn it back on.”
San Francisco’s lost six of 10, and they start the series 17.0 out in the NL West and 2.5 back in the Wild Card race.
HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR THE SERIES OPENER WITH THE GIANTS:
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