Davey Martinez wasn’t giving much away as far as how he’d handle his lineup and pitching today since the rain last night led to the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds having to play a game and a half in D.C., wrapping up the suspended game and then completing the series with tonight’s finale.
He did say that he would stick with Stephen Strasburg as the starter for the third of three with the Reds as previously planned.
“The second game is Stephen,” he confirmed. So that’s that. He also told reporters that the club reinstated reliever Tanner Rainey from the COVID-IL before today’s resumption of last night’s suspended game, optioning Kyle McGowin to Triple-A, but keeping him around as a 27th man for the nightcap of the sort-of-doubleheader.
Beyond that, there were a lot of innings to cover today, even if the second game is just an abbreviated seven-inning finale.
Martinez’s focus going into the first of two today was to close out the win, as the started up again with the Nationals up 3-0.
“First thing first, like I explained to our coaching staff, is that we want to win the first game,” he said. “That’s the most important thing, so let’s get through the first game and then we’ll worry about the second game.
“We have Stephen starting the second game. It’s seven innings, so with that being said, we hope that Stephen can give us multiple innings, get us through five or six and then we’ll go from there.
“But the most important thing is to continue the first game and win the first game.”
They accomplished that, now they try for the series win in the nightcap in Nationals Park.