Davey Martinez was all smiles when he sat down for his post game Zoom call with reporters following Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins in Miami.
“We played well, Max [Scherzer] did well, we got some clutch hits, some big home runs for us today, so everything went well. It’s nice to get on the plane and head back home with a W,” Martinez said after six innings of one-run ball by Scherzer, an RBI single by Josh Harrison and two, two-run home runs, one each by Trea Turner and Josh Bell in loanDepot park.
“They grinded at bats today, Josh Bell big home run, Trea big home run to right field,” the skipper continued. “Awesome, but they played well today. Defense was good. How about the play by Josh Bell on the bunt, throwing the guy out at third base, awesome.
“So it was a great day for us.”
Kyle Schwarber has been the key offensive performer on the Nationals’ recent run, with 13 home runs in his last 16 games, but he went 0 for 3 with an ROE, BB, and two runs scored on Sunday, while Turner and Bell stepped up with the two-run home runs in the sixth, after the inning started with the score tied at 1-1.
“Everybody’s got to do their part,” Martinez said of getting contributions from someone not named Kyle Schwarber.
“I said that before. It’s awesome that Kyle is doing what he’s doing, but everyone’s got to contribute too, that’s how you win games, and win games consistently.”
The fact that both of the big home runs were opposite field blasts was another good sign in Martinez’s mind.
“They both stayed on pretty good pitches, and they drove them the other way, so that’s a great sign, it really is,” Martinez said.
“Trea, he lined out his first at bat, he wanted to stay on this guy, stay on the ball, and he came in in a big moment and got a big home run for us. Same thing with Bell.
“Bell has been swinging the bat well for like the last couple weeks, and he gets a ball out over the plate and he drives it to left-center field, which is awesome.”
Will the Nationals be able to keep rolling now that they’re back home for one with the Mets, two with the Tampa Bay Rays, and then four with the Los Angeles Dodgers before a trip out West before the All-Star Break?
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR TONIGHT’S GAME WITH THE METS: