“Today we put it all together,” Davey Martinez said after the Washington Nationals’ 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
“We got good pitching, we hit the ball well. Hopefully we’re trending in that direction that we can do that often, and but for the most part I think it’s just get our offense going and get our pitching going at the same time. You saw that tonight. The boys swung the bats well. [Erick] Fedde threw the ball well, we did some really good things tonight, so we’ll have a day off again tomorrow unfortunately, but we’ll take advantage of it, and we’ll come back Friday and we’ll do it again.”
A four-hit day for shortstop Trea Turner left the 27-year-old infielder 7 for 19 (.368/.429/.737) with a double and two home runs on the five-game road trip. He also scored four runs over the final two games to help the Nationals get the offense going after they were shut out in two of three with the New York Mets in Citi Field on the first stop of the trip.
“He’s our catalyst, he’s what makes us go. Really,” Martinez told reporters.
“And I’ve said this before: In ‘19 he was hurt, we had a lot of players hurt, but when you look at it, he was the guy, he was the guy that we missed most, he’s the guy who gets us going, so I’m glad that he’s doing well, I’m glad that he got hit the other day and everything was fine, and he’s having a really good start to this year.”
Turner said he was just happy the team ended their trip on a positive note, after they lost 3 of 4 before Wednesday’s finale, so they could enjoy the flight home to the nation’s capital.
“I think that’s always kind of what we say is, ‘Happy flight.’ Because you want to travel in a good mood. You don’t want to be mad about a loss. Obviously, we would love to win before we get on a plane and share that time together I guess. That’s when you build camaraderie and come together as a team.
“So, I think any time you can win going home is great for multiple reasons, but hopefully we can continue this into the Miami series and keep playing good baseball.”
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 1ST OF 3 WITH THE MARLINS:
NOTE: You might have noticed that Jon Lester is back. He was reinstated from the IL and he is starting tonight.