“We just didn’t hit the ball tonight,” Davey Martinez said after the Washington Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins last night, in which the Nats scored two runs on two solo homers, but managed just four hits total and went 0 for 1 with the only runner they had in scoring position all night.
“Come back tomorrow,” Martinez said.
“Up till today we were actually hitting the ball pretty good. Two days off, hopefully we come back tomorrow the bats comes back alive and we score some runs.”
Did the layoff hurt them, and has the lack of consistency to the schedule for the Nationals in the first 22 games been behind what Martinez has described as the see-saw baseball he has seen? Martinez said that he just wants to see the consistent approach he’s always preached.
“For me, like I said, we’ve got to stay up the middle of the field. These guys threw a lot of breaking pitches, a lot of changeups,” he said.
“We got to just stay back and use the whole field. Both our home runs today were to the opposite field, that was nice.
“In certain situations we’ve got to do that, we just got to take what’s given to us.”
“[There are a] lot of hits in the middle of the field,” Martinez added. “If you’re out in front you can drive one to right-center if you’re left-handed, if not, you hit the ball to left-center.
“We just got to come back tomorrow, Max Scherzer is Game 1, so score some runs for him and see what he’s got.”
The Nationals’ 2-4 hitters (Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, Asdrúbal Cabrera, and Luis García) were a combined 0 for 15 with seven Ks last night. That’s probably not going to happen too often.
“We just didn’t hit today,” Martinez reiterated. “We have been playing pretty good baseball, we really have as of late.
“So let’s come back tomorrow, you’ve got Max on the mound, we got a four o’clock game, let’s try to win that first game and we’ll go from there.”
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE FIRST OF TWO WITH THE FISH: