When the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals in Friday night’s series opener in D.C., someone on the O’s social media team decided to have some fun with Davey Martinez and the manager’s 2019 (World Series-winning) mantra.
When you win the World Series, you know you’re going to have a target on your back with every team in the league wanting to take their shot at you when you get to play, and their, “Go 1-0 ever day” motto is easy to dismiss as a cliché, but it worked. What you got O’s?
Martinez took the tweet in stride when it was brought up in his pregame press conference Saturday afternoon.
“I heard about it,” he said. “Good for them. Let’s come back and go 1-0 today.”
With a 3-0 lead after seven, the Nationals were well on their way to evening things up in the second of three with the O’s in D.C., but they lost it in the bullpen, and the offense dried up after Eric Thames’ RBI double drove in the third run for the home team in the bottom of the sixth on Saturday night.
Three walks over the next three innings accounted for the only runners to reach base and all of them were stranded as the Orioles rallied back with three homers (two solo homers and a three-run blast in the eighth) lifting the visiting team to a 5-3 advantage which held up.
Now the Nationals are in the unenviable position of trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of their regional rivals in today’s series finale in Nationals Park, before they head out for a four-game series in Citi Field and then three more with the Orioles in OPACY.
“We’ve got another game in 14 hours and we’re going to try to put this one behind us like we did last night,” reliever Daniel Hudson said, after he gave up a go-ahead, three-run shot in the eighth, “and just go out there and get a W tomorrow.
“Just to get out here and snake one from these guys at this point is a huge win for us to get on a good roll going into the road trip. So, it’s not something that I’m going to try to dwell on too much tonight. We’re just going to try to come here tomorrow and reset and go from there.”