Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez got ejected while arguing on behalf of his shortstop in the top of the fifth inning of Sunday’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park, after Trea Turner K’d looking at a questionable called third strike from the Atlanta Braves’ starter, Mike Soroka, and got tossed by home plate ump Mike Estabrook.
“This has been a tough series. We’ve lost three against this club that we’re chasing, and the emotions were running high,” Chip Hale said, when he spoke with reporters after taking on the managerial duties when Martinez was tossed, “and every at bat is so important to these guys, on a personal level and a team level.
“So you know that the frustration just starts to build and you’re just, you know, the guys are getting fired up as it is, so yeah, you’d rather not have a guy go in that situation, and as a manager you want to try to get out there as best you can, and then once he threw him out, Davey went with him.”
Missing Turner didn’t end up hurting the Nationals, though, if he wants to avoid that in the future no one will complain. Go read your links...
Scherzer vs ATL:
Nationals' power and Scherzer's intensity finally beat Braves - (MASN)
"Max Scherzer looked to be in midseason form. He pitched unfazed by distractions, aggressive and attacking the hitters all day. Only a Matt Joyce solo shot broke his rhythm."
Brilliant Scherzer brings Nats back to life - (MLB.com)
"The restrictions were off for Max Scherzer on Sunday afternoon, the first time in four starts back from the injured list that he and the Nationals felt comfortable pushing his limits."
Max Scherzer & Josh Donaldson.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 9, 2019
"Yeah, I caught it."
Shades of Jose Fernandez & Tulo. pic.twitter.com/2NLQa2Gmrq
Max Scherzer looks more like Max Scherzer as Nationals pound Braves, 9-4 - (WaPost)
"This was the 35-year-old’s first matchup with the Braves this season, and it was also the first time since May 11 that he pitched to catcher Yan Gomes."
Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Juan Soto display power early (Nats win 9-4) - (MASN)
"The Nationals finally got off to the quick start manager Davey Martinez had been looking for, with two homers in the first two innings Sunday against the Braves."
Kurt Suzuki’s MRI clean:
Nationals call up Tres Barrera with catcher Kurt Suzuki feeling elbow pain - (WaPost)
"This is Barrera's first time playing in the major leagues. He joins Yan Gomes, Raudy Read and Suzuki as the catchers on Washington's active roster."
MRI for Kurt Suzuki’s right elbow was “clean” and he is day-to-day with inflammation.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) September 8, 2019
Suzuki's MRI clean; Gomes steps up - (MLB.com)
"[Kurt] Suzuki is considered day to day and will spend the next few days, including Monday’s off-day, resting and getting treatment with the hope of returning to the lineup soon."
Loss Sunday doesn’t change a thing: Braves sitting pretty - (AJC.com)
"Such good work have the Braves done the last few days, the last week, the last month that what happened Sunday scarcely rated one arched eyebrow."
Soroka finishes strong after Nats' early HRs - (MLB.com)
"When Mike Soroka makes his first career postseason start, he will attempt to draw from the lesson he learned in Sunday’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals at SunTrust Park."
Source: Jesús Luzardo, the A’s No. 1 prospect, is being called up. He’ll join the club in Houston on Monday.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) September 8, 2019