PHILADELPHIA – Kurt Suzuki, with two strikes and no one on base, swung from his heels, and struck out to end the top of the fourth inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, Adam Eaton struck out on three straight pitches from Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler.
After the last pitch, Eaton calmly put his bat and batting glove down on the ground and got ready to head to right field.
There were different emotions here Wednesday night from Washington’s batters – but the results were pretty much the same.
Washington has not scored since the ninth inning in a loss here on Monday.
“Right from Trea Turner, leadoff hitter, he hit a bullet,” in the first inning, Martinez told Federal Baseball after the Wednesday loss.
“After that, I thought we hit the ball hard. It just didn’t go our way. Keep swinging the bat. We will score some runs. Stay right there and keep hitting the ball hard. It will start to fall.”
“We hit the ball pretty hard – we just didn’t get any hits,” Martinez added as Max Scherzer took the loss. “We have to put hits together, create longer innings. They hit the ball hard today.
“Two broken-bat singles beat us today and one home run. I was pleased with how hard they hit the ball today. We just couldn’t score any runs.”
The Nationals don’t seem to be enjoying this rough patch at all.
“I think they might be pressing a little bit,” Martinez said. “They are not going to quit.
“Just keep hitting the ball hard. They will fall; we will get through it. No one is going to give us anything. We knew that. This thing will turn around.”
Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-for-4 on Wednesday and his average has fallen to .260.
The Nationals are getting very little offense outside of the top two hitters in the lineup – Turner and Juan Soto.
“It’s not an easy game,” Cabrera said. “We have to find some holes.”
The series ends here Thursday at 4:05 p.m. with Aníbal Sánchez pitching for the Nationals. He is 6-11, 4.39 in 25 starts in his career against the Phillies, who will go for the four-game sweep.