Brandon Woodruff was really good. But he’s hardly the only pitcher to stifle the Nationals’ offense. Davey Martinez’s club dropped their third straight to the Brewers and fourth in a row overall on Sunday, and now they head out to Atlanta for four games with the Braves.
What did Martinez make of the shutout loss on Sunday? And how do they move on heading into a big series with their divisional rivals?
“We had some good at bats and we had some not-so-good at bats,” Martinez told reporters in his post game Zoom call. “And like I said before, it sounds like the same old story, but we got to keep going, we’ve got to keep playing hard and things will turn around. We hit some balls hard we just have to find some holes, and hopefully with guys on base we’ll find those holes in the next few days and things will turn around for us.”
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Max Scherzer outdueled, Nationals swept by Brewers - (MLB.com)
"A four-game losing streak, a seventh time being shut out and a third series in which they’ve been swept -- something has to change for the Nationals."
Struggling Nationals are swept by the Brewers - (WaPost)
"The Brewers' Brandon Woodruff outdueled the Nationals' ace, who made one mistake in the first inning and paid for it."
#Nats' skipper Davey Martinez routinely says he doesn't like to criticize umpires, but talking about Sam Holbrook's calls in the Juan Soto at bat that Kevin Long was ejected for arguing about, he said he just does not want hitters to let umps/calls take them out of ABs: pic.twitter.com/dt9V1JMERi— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) May 30, 2021
Nationals suffer three-game sweep in about 24 hours vs. Brewers - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Fast forward just over 24 hours and things have changed, but not in a positive way. Much like the rain and cool temperature at Nationals Park, the team's performance was dreary."
Shut out, shut down and swept: Nationals fall to Brewers - (Washington Times)
“'When we’re not scoring runs, you’ve got to take every opportunity to try and score runs,' Martinez said. You got Yadi up there, he got on base. It was a big moment for us, it just didn’t work out.'"
Same old script for Nats in shutout loss - (MASN)
"Who knew it would actually play out just like that, with the winning run scoring in the top of the first?"
Max Scherzer, Filthy 86mph Slider. pic.twitter.com/lQTGtNLdBh— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 30, 2021
Frustrated Soto trying to snap out of his rare slump - (MASN)
"Soto has been making outs in big spots a lot, especially on the ground. This was the sixth double play he’s hit into this season, six times as many as he hit into during the entire 60-game 2020 season."
Surgery for Will Harris:
Nationals' Will Harris likely out for season with thoracic outlet syndrome - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Washington Nationals reliever Will Harris has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will have surgery, manager Davey Martinez told reporters on Sunday."
Nationals' Will Harris to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome - (Washington Times)
"Harris’ year has been interrupted through injury, with numbness and swelling in his hand when he pitches."
Will Harris elects surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome - (MLB.com)
"Nationals reliever Will Harris will undergo surgery Friday for thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition where blood vessels or nerves in the space between an individual's collarbone and first rib are compressed."
Harris to have thoracic outlet surgery, Robles rehabs in Bowie - (MASN)
"The TOS diagnosis comes after a frustrating few months in which Harris continued to experience swelling in his right hand while pitching but could not find any concrete answers for the ailment."
Milwaukee Brewers' Brandon Woodruff, San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman are unsung Cy Young candidates - (ESPN)
"Woodruff and Scherzer were matched up in an early-day start at Nationals Park. Scherzer entered the game with a 2.27 ERA, while Woodruff was working on a minuscule 1.41 mark..."
It is difficult to overstate how good Brandon Woodruff has been this year for Milwaukee. So the numbers can do the talking.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 30, 2021
71 innings, 33 hits, 16 walks, 83 strikeouts, 3 HR, 1.27 ERA in 11 starts.
And now 10 consecutive starts of at least six innings and two or fewer runs.
Nationals' Cade Cavalli collects 11 strikeouts - (MLB.com)
"MLB's No. 82 overall prospect started strong and finished stronger, striking out 11 over 5 1/3 innings as High-A Wilmington blanked Greensboro, 5-0, on Saturday night."
Top prospect performers for May 30 2021 - (MLB.com)
"Nationals: Mitchell Parker, LHP, Low-A Fredericksburg - After tossing six one-hit frames in his last start, the 21-year-old did not allow a hit and struck out a career-high 12 in six innings against Down East on Sunday."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Marcell Ozuna Arrested And Charged With Choking And Hitting His Wife - (Defector)
"The release stated that Ozuna’s wife had 'visible injuries but was not transported to the hospital.' Ozuna was booked into the Fulton County Jail."
Roman Quinn likely out for season with left Achilles injury - (MLB.com)
"[Roman] Quinn suffered a serious, almost certainly season-ending left Achilles tendon injury rounding third base in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field."
Kevin Pillar testing a mask, could return to Mets next week - (WFAN)
"Kevin Pillar was at Citi Field on Sunday, standing in on bullpen sessions and playing catch, and Mets manager Luis Rojas is very pleased with the progress Pillar has made following surgery to repair fractures from being hit in the face with a pitch."
Luis Marté called up from Triple-A by the Marlins - (MLB.com)
"Luis Marté has spent the better part of 11 seasons working to get to where he is today -- at Fenway Park, in a big league uniform, enthusiastically waiting for that first big league at-bat."