Davey Martinez’s club put pressure on Arizona’s starter early in last night’s game, and put runs up on the board in each of the first two innings, but the Diamondbacks’ starter, Seth Frankoff, held the Nationals there as the D-backs piled up runs and then ran away with the second game of three this weekend in Chase Field.
“Their pitcher settled down a little bit,” Washington’s skipper Davey Martinez said after the Nationals’ 11-4 loss.
“He started throwing a lot more changeups. We need to get the ball up. We didn’t get the ball up.
“Then all of a sudden we started hitting again there. We got to come back tomorrow and we’ll try to win the series tomorrow.”
The top of the lineup (including “second leadoff man” Victor Robles) produced, with two-hit games for Trea Turner, Josh Harrison, Juan Soto, and Robles, in the nine-spot, but the team was 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position overall, Nationals’ starter Joe Ross failed to keep the D-backs in check, and the Nats couldn’t climb of the hole they found themselves in.
“It’s tough to lose games like that,” Soto said of the loss after a big win in the series opener in Arizona.
“We all fight every at bat every time we go out there, every pitcher is trying to do their best.
“We give 100%, it’s not that frustrating, because we know that we all grinded, we all tried our best, it just didn’t go our way. We hit the ball hard today a couple times and it just went right at somebody, and I think that’s all we can do, we can’t control anything else like that, and we just got to keep grinding.”
The Nationals still have an opportunity for a series win in the desert in this afternoon’s 4:10 PM ET finale.