Washington’s one hit with runners in scoring position last night was Josh Harrison’s three-run blast in the top of the fifth. They added a run on Juan Soto’s solo shot an inning later, but the San Diego Padres got a three-run home run by Wil Myers in the home-half of the fourth, RBI singles by Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer and a sac fly by Myers in the fifth, and an RBI double by Myers in the seventh, which gave them a 7-4 lead.
The Padres finished the night 6 for 12 with RISP and seven left on base.
The Nationals went 1 for 6 with seven left on as well.
All four runs the Nationals scored came off Padres’ starter Ryan Weathers, then San Diego’s bullpen combined for 3 2⁄3 scoreless to hold the line, and even things up in the series, after dropping the first of four with the Nationals at home in Petco Park on Monday night.
“They threw the ball well, their relievers came in and threw the ball well,” Davey Martinez said after the Nationals’ loss left them 41-43 with losses in five of their last 10 games. “We saw some pitches today, we walked, we just couldn’t capitalize, but I thought earlier on we had some really good at bats, hit the ball hard, like I said, we took our walks, we had some chances, we just couldn’t come through.”
Harrison, who went 1 for 3 with a walk and the three-run blast for the Nationals, talked after the game about the back-and-forth battles in the first two with the Padres.
“The last two games you can tell it’s been back and forth, and those are exciting games to be a part of. Wish we would have come out on the winning end, but we fought to the last out.”
An MLB.com reporter noted that the Nationals were 20-7 when hitting two or more home runs in a game before last night, but homers by Harrison and Soto weren’t enough in the eighth loss in those circumstances this season.
“I mean sometimes the other team gets the best of you,” Martinez said, “... and they hit a three-run homer, was the big shot tonight, and we just couldn’t capitalize on like I said, a couple first and seconds, second and thirds, it just didn’t happen tonight.”
Will it happen in the third of four for the Nationals and Padres?
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 3RD OF 4 WITH THE PADRES:
22-year-old World Series Champion All-Star Home Run Derby Participant Juan Soto is in tonight’s lineup.#NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/mGMfnZyxG0— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 8, 2021