Washington’s Nationals won three straight over Atlanta’s Braves to start the 2019 campaign, but since then they’ve dropped 11 of 15 to their NL East rivals, and they’ll be trying to avoid a three-game sweep in the nation’s capital this afternoon after dropping the first two of three at home in D.C. this weekend.
Nationals’ hitters have combined for one run on nine hits in the back-to-back losses, which left Davey Martinez’s club with just a +1.5 game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card race, and a +2.5 game advantage over the next-closest team, Milwaukee’s Brewers.
“I’ve seen some good at bats,” Martinez said after the Nationals connected for six hits total in Saturday’s 10-1 loss, scoring one in the first before the Braves scored 10 unanswered.
“I’ve seen them working good at bats, we’ve hit some balls hard, it just seems like we can’t string two or three hits in a row right now, but we are hitting the ball hard,” he added. “Hey, we jumped out to a 1-0 lead and that was great.
“After that — [Mike Foltynewicz] settled down a little bit, and then after that we just couldn’t get nothing going.”
“We’ve just got to come back and regroup,” Martinez told reporters at another point in his post-game press conference. “We only scored one run. We scored one run in two games.
“So we’ve got to start hitting. We’ve got to start swinging. We’re swinging the bats, just not getting hits. We’re not creating anything offensively right now, so we’ve just got to regroup, come back tomorrow, and do it again. Let’s try to go 1-0 tomorrow and let’s pick it up and we’ll go from there.”