Washington Nationals’ hitters connected for five singles, an RBI double, and a three-run home run, with two walks, one of them intentional, in a long second inning in Saturday afternoon’s game, scoring nine runs total on Cleveland’s Indians in what ended up a 10-7 win in the nation’s capital.
“They had good at bats,” Davey Martinez told reporters of the Nationals’ approach against Indians’ starter Adam Plutko and reliever Hunter Wood.
“They’ve been having good at bats,” Martinez added, “but you face a guy for the first time through, but they saw what he was going to try to do and what he was trying to throw and they really got him in the strike zone and they hit the ball really hard.”
The win was the Nationals’ seventh in a row and ninth in their last ten games.
“We’ve been playing really great baseball,” Patrick Corbin said after a less-than-stellar start in his final regular season outing. “Offense came out today hot, and bullpen came in and did their job too. We’re hot at the right time and hopefully guys can get some rest here the next couple days and be ready to go Tuesday at home.”
Tuesday is, of course, the NL Wild Card Game, and the Nats’ win yesterday guaranteed that it will take place in Nationals Park.
“It’s awesome,” Martinez said of knowing where they’ll play though they won’t find out who they’ll face until today (or possibly Monday).
“I don’t have to go home and pack. Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they played — just came out and swung the bats and... here we go Tuesday.”
Before that, however, there’s one more to play with the Indians. Game 162 of 162 starts at 3:05 PM EDT today.
Joe Ross starts for the Nationals against Indians’ right-hander Mike Clevinger...