clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 3rd of 4 with the Atlanta Braves in D.C.

Davey Martinez’s club tries to build on last night’s extra innings win in the third game of four with the Braves in Nationals Park.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Davey Martinez talked before last night’s win about how he lined things up for the second of four with the Atlanta Braves in the nation’s capital. Adam Eaton led off, with Trea Turner next and Juan Soto batting third.

“I bumped those guys up a little bit against the right-handed pitcher, [Josh] Tomlin,” Martinez said.

“Adam has been swinging the bat well, so just kind of see if he can jumpstart us again.

“We’ve been actually swinging the bats well, and just see if he can get us going, score early, score first and we’ll go from there. But I kind of like those three guys up at the top.

“Another reason, it gives us hopefully another at bat for Soto or Turner because they’re swinging the bats so well, but like the way it sets up.”

Soto served as the DH again, as he works his way up to returning to the field after an odd elbow injury kept him out of the lineup for a few games last week.

Martinez said that the 22-year-old slugger was building up to returning to the field, but for now they were trying to keep him from throwing while letting him swing.

“We just got to get him extended in his throwing program, like I said, it’s nice that he’s able to hit right now, but we’ve got to work him back into getting him out in that field. Honestly, he’s not a big fan of DHing, he loves to play the field.

“But [until] the training staff deems that he’s able to go out there, we’re going to be smart and keep him as a DH.”

Luis García, who missed three games with a heel bruise, returned to the lineup last night, and went 0 for 5, but Martinez said he changed cleats, and they thought he was past any issues.

“He passed the jumping test yesterday for me. That’s what he called it. He was jumping up and down when I asked if he could play yesterday after the game,” he said with a laugh.

“I said, okay, I’m going to put you in there. He said, ‘Okay, I’m ready.’”

In what ended up a 12-inning, 8-7 win, the Nationals connected for 11 hits, and went 5 for 16 with runners in scoring position and 10 left on base, but their manager liked the effort from his club. They blew a 5-0 lead for the second night in a row, but battled back and beat their NL East rivals.

“They didn’t quit,” Martinez said. “They kept battling. It was just one of those games. We had the lead again.

“But the boys never quit. I’m proud of them. Sleep tonight cause tomorrow comes early, and we’ll do it again tomorrow.”

NOTES: Eaton, Soto, and Turner are 1-3 again today, Michael A. Taylor is starting in center after hitting last night’s game winner, and Yadiel Hernandez, as Davey suggested before last night’s game, is getting the start in left for the first time in his career. Congrats, Yadi.