Washington’s Nationals managed just a run on seven hits in the first game of two with Miami in Marlins Park on Sunday, but the offense exploded in a 15-0 win in the nightcap of the twin bill in South Florida, connecting for 18 hits overall and going 6 for 13 with runners in scoring position in their final road game of the 2020 campaign.
“This game is unbelievable,” manager Davey Martinez said. “That’s why we love to come out here and they love to play it. First game we can’t score any runs, had opportunities, second game, we score a bunch. So, now we’re getting on a plane and we’re going home for the last week, so the boys swung the bats well the second game, so let’s continue to do that.”
What was the difference at the plate between the first and second games, aside from the fact that Miami’s rookie starter in the nightcap put them in an early hole.
“For me it’s just being aggressive early,” the third-year skipper said. “We had a lot of early good contact jumping on fastballs early in the count.
“I just want these guys to continue to do that, be aggressive, be aggressive in the strike zone, I think they did that really well the second game.
“First game — it’s hard to hit with two strikes. I say it all the time, when you get two strikes and you’re facing tough pitchers, you’re not on the offensive side, you’re kind of on the defensive side, so try to get ready to hit, get a fastball you can hit, get a ball in the strike zone and swing the bats, they did that well the second game.”
Martinez’s club finished 11-16 on the road, and they return home to D.C., where they’re 9-16 so far this season for the final eight games on the schedule.
A 15-run win in the final game away from the nation’s capital was a nice way to wrap things up.
“It’s a good way to finish,” Martinez told reporters in his post game Zoom call. “We get on a flight now, we go back home to our old ballpark. Let’s continue to do what we did tonight.
“Forget about everything in the past ... and let’s go 1-0 tomorrow. The Phillies are coming in, but for me the biggest thing is to get off, score early, and continue what we did tonight. The boys looked like they had some fun tonight in the second game, and let’s continue to do that.”