Washington’s Nationals take Davey Martinez’s 1-0 every day mantra seriously. It all starts at the top, with Martinez sticking to his mantra no matter what reporters say to try to get him to talk big picture.
“We just got to focus on one game at a time,” Martinez said after Sunday’s game, when he asked about the challenging schedule that lies ahead, “and come out tomorrow and play with the same intensity we’ve been playing, and do what we do best, get good pitching, jump on teams early and hold the lead. If we can do that I think we can play with anybody.’
The message trickles down. Just listen to Trea Turner talking after the 5-1 win over the Fish about trying to continue the club’s recent winning ways against some tough opponents in the next few weeks.
“You can only win one game at a time,” Turner said.
“You can’t win 2 or 3 in one day, unless you have a doubleheader, I guess, but it’s like the old, you can’t get all the runs back with one swing. You got to get a rally or you’ve got to put at bats together. So we’ve been doing that in the sense of winning ballgames. And we just got to keep doing what we’re doing, don’t try to do more or less, go out there and compete and whoever is in front of us give it our all and move on to the next day.”
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How two home runs in Miami might have changed the Nationals’ season - (NBC Sports Washington)
"With two big swings, an inning and a season spun back in the Nationals' favor on Sunday."
Josh Bell, Trea Turner hit two-run homers to power Nationals to series split with Marlins - (Washington Times)
"'I don’t care about your solo shots,' Scherzer said. 'I want your two-run shots.'"
Max Scherzer after today's game on how the new process of checking pitchers for foreign substances is going after his second start under the rules: “I mean, sweet, check my hat, check my glove, check my belt, here we go, whatever.” https://t.co/GBWOzAa7h7— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 28, 2021
Max Scherzer run support as Nationals beat Marlins - (MLB.com)
"After the Nationals dropped Saturday’s game to the Marlins, they had reason to be looking forward to the series finale the following afternoon."
Nationals ride homers, Scherzer to victory in Miami - (MASN)
"Unable to make much of a dent into Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara for most of the afternoon, Turner and Bell finally got to him before his outing was complete."
Fedde's strain believed mild, Strasburg throws off mound - (MASN)
"Erick Fedde felt nothing during his start Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia. But when the Nationals right-hander woke up Thursday morning in Miami, his left side was bothering him."
Erick Fedde goes in injured list; Nationals promote Andres Machado - (WaPost)
"Erick Fedde felt oblique pain following his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, then underwent an MRI scan that revealed a mild strain."
That was some kind of stat from @scorebook_bob: Nats are last in MLB in runs scored from the 5th inning on. Basically, their only hope most nights is to score early and hope it holds up.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) June 27, 2021
Nationals 2021 All-Star ballot finalist - (MLB.com)
"The 22-year-old Soto entered Sunday slashing .273/.397/.427 with an .824 OPS and eight home runs in 64 games."
Parra continues to carve out niche with Nats - (MASN)
"Asking Nationals manager Davey Martinez to pinpoint what he likes most about what Gerardo Parra brings to the club is like asking a parent in a large family which child he loves the most."
Sunday Notes: Rockies Prospect Mitchell Kilkenny Channels Calvin and Hobbes - (FanGraphs)
"Cade Cavalli has 88 strikeouts in 52-and-a-third innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Harrisburg."
That's taking one for the team.@Nationals prospect Justin Connell crashes into the fence to catch the last out of the game for the @WilmBlueRocks. pic.twitter.com/d4WHugJzSo— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 28, 2021
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Bryce Harper out of Phillies' lineup vs. Mets after being hit by Jacob deGrom - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Harper was hit on the left leg by a Jacob deGrom changeup in Saturday’s 4-3 loss. Harper stayed in the game but removed himself when he felt something going out to his position the next half-inning."
Mets finally replace fog machine they think Yoenis Cespedes took home to Florida - (New York Daily News)
"[T]he Mets are pretty sure Yoenis Cespedes took the smoke machines and lasers with him when he opted out of the 2020 season."
Dave Martinez and Juan Soto went over to Aníbal Sánchez’s house for dinner last night. No, not to recruit him for this week. Just to catch up and hang out. But Martinez did say that Sánchez provided a scouting report on Andres Machado. They pitched together for Team Venezuela.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) June 27, 2021
Don Mattingly says Marlins can still make a run - (MLB.com)
"Much of the talk following Friday night's 11-2 Marlins victory over the Nationals revolved around manager Don Mattingly's belief in his ballclub."
Braves have three finalists in All-Star voting - (AJC.com)
"Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the three finalists at each position in both leagues. The Braves had three players advance to the next phase of voting."