Davey Martinez’s club scored 17 runs on 22 hits in the first of three with the Arizona D-backs last night in Chase Field, went 9 for 26 with runners in scoring position, with five doubles, a triple, and three home runs, and blew the home team out for their second straight win after a stretch of four straight losses in which they’d scored a combined nine runs.
They scored six runs in the first, added runs in the second and third, scored three in the top of the fifth, and added six more over the last three innings in the sort of sustained offensive attack the Nationals’ manager has been looking for all season.
“We just don’t want to give away at bats,” Martinez said of the approach his team took into all of their at bats in the win. “That’s the key. You try to preach to them when they’re going up there, ‘Hey, work good at bats. Don’t give away any at bats, and get something out of it.’”
“The guys had good at bats today,” the fourth-year skipper said at another point in his post-game Zoom call with reporters.
“The key was we stayed on the ball, we hit the ball all over the field today, which was really nice, and we took our walks. I always talk about — these guys, we’ve got guys in our lineup that would do that, and we haven’t done that lately.
“Today, we accepted our walks, and when the ball was in the strike zone we hit it hard.”
Catcher Yan Gomes, who went 5 for 6 on the night, falling a home run short of the cycle, said afterwards that the offensive explosion could provide a spark for the scuffling club, whose win left them 15-19 after 34 games.
“Sure. 17 runs, I mean, can’t say we’re going to be putting up 17 runs every game, but having one of those games shows top-to-bottom the kind of lineup that we have,” Gomes said.
“Getting out there scoring early, especially for a guy like [starter] Max [Scherzer] is always huge. And some of the things we always try to do, getting it done today was definitely a good sign.”
Will they be able to keep it up for another night, and (while maybe not scoring 17 runs this time), earn another win?