Davey Martinez’s club was shut out by the Orioles, connecting for just four hits total, going 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and five runners left on base, on what was a rough night on the offensive end of things.
Martinez told reporters after the sixth loss in 10 games that he wasn’t pleased with his club’s approach to soft-tossing lefty Tommy Milone, who finished six scoreless in his former home.
“I think the biggest thing for me, is when you get a guy that doesn’t throw very hard and you know he’s a changeup guy, you really got to stay in the middle of the field,” Martinez said.
“We talk about it all the time. You almost feel like you should get jammed. You got to use the whole field. I think he started throwing his changeup and we were out in front of everything today.”
It was an ugly one, with starter Aníbal Sánchez up in the zone and hit hard.
The bullpen got hit around too, with Ryne Harper and Wander Suero giving up three runs each as things got out of hand.
“This is one of the games where you’ve just got to put it behind you as quick as you can,” the manager said. “Come back tomorrow and regroup and go get them tomorrow.
“This game was about as lopsided as I’ve seen in a long time. They swung the bats well, we didn’t swing the bats well.”
It can’t be easy to get into a rhythm when you’re playing so sporadically early this season, after a long time off between Spring Training 1.0 and 2.0, but the bats have got to start to heat up sooner than later.
“We’ve been kind of up and down depending on the games, I mean, we’ve just got to get in that groove,” Martinez said.
The Nationals are at the start of long stretch of 13 games in 13 days which started last night.
“We’re going to play a lot of games in a row now, so that’s kind of nice. We’ve got to get that feeling back,” Martinez said.
They’ll try to start getting it back tonight in the second of three with the Orioles in D.C.