“We kind of hate the way that we’re playing, I guess you could say. We want to play better,” Trea Turner told reporters after the second of two losses to the Milwaukee Brewers in last night’s nightcap of the doubleheader in D.C.
“We know we can play better. But it’s all about perspective and how you want to approach tomorrow, because what we’ve done so far isn’t going to help us out tomorrow, we got to move on and kind of start a streak of winning.”
“I just feel like we’re just not clicking right now for whatever reason,” Jon Lester said after he gave up a run on five hits in four innings of work. “We pitch well, we don’t quite hit, we don’t pitch well, we bang some runs in there, so we just need to get kind of on the same page as far as getting kind of on this roll.
“Hopefully Max [Scherzer] will pick us up tomorrow, if we can salvage that and kind of move into Atlanta, and hopefully just play good baseball.”
The Nationals’ losses to the Brewers on a rainy Saturday in the nation’s capital were their second and third straight overall, and fourth and fifth in the last ten.
Davey Martinez’s club went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 11 left on base in what was a 2-2 game until the sixth, when the Brewers pushed four across on the home team.
“It was a long day, obviously, but hey, as I said before, we got to keep our heads up, and we got to keep going,” Martinez said late on Saturday night.
“Once again we had our opportunities to have a big inning and it just didn’t happen.”
“We’re hitting the baseball, we’re just not hitting with runners in scoring position, we’re not getting that one or two hits when guys are on base,” the fourth-year manager added.
“We’re hitting the ball. We just need to focus on hitting the ball with guys on base. I mean, and for me, don’t get tentative, just go up there and swing. When there’s nobody on base these guys go up there and they’re hitting the ball hard, you know?
“Do the same thing with guys on base, let it go, good things happen when you’re swinging the bat. So swing the bat, let’er rip.”
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