Talking after the Washington Nationals’ second straight loss in Arizona, which was their 7th loss in the previous 10 games, Davey Martinez told reporters he was confident in his team’s ability to get back on track and turn things around after an impressive run over the last few months got them back in the postseason chase.
“We’ll get it back together, we will,” Martinez said.
“We’re battling back, 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.”
Two wins over the San Francisco Giants later, the second-year manager said he liked how his club has responded.
“We’ve had some good pitching, starting pitching,” Martinez said, after Erick Fedde tossed six scoreless in the series opener, and Aníbal Sánchez gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings last night.
“We’ve got the runs we needed, and our bullpen is coming in and doing a great job.
“So, we’re playing good baseball right now. I said we hit a little lapse there for a minute, and now we’re back on track, and let’s keep it going.”
After snapping a three-series losing streak with last night’s win, the Nationals have a chance to sweep the Giants, who are reeling, and now 4-8 in their last 12 with three straight losses.
Martinez’s club is now 36-20 since June 1st, and they’re 6.0 games out in the division, while sitting atop the Wild Card Race (+1.0) heading into today’s game.