Can a participant on a last-place workforce be credibly offended when a participant on one other last-place workforce calls him a clown?
The back-and-forth between Washington Nationals’ middle fielder Victor Robles and Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner over a garbage-time homer become a real-life clown present earlier than the Nats’ 4-3 salvage win over the D-backs on Sunday.
Bumgarner accused Robles of showboating by staggering out of the batter’s field after the Arizona lefty had surrendered Robles’s third homer of the season within the eighth inning of Saturday’s 7-2 Arizona win.
After Robles responded Sunday by showing within the dugout with a big, crimson clown nostril taped over his personal, he value the Nats an opportunity for third-inning run with the primary of two Nationals’ outs on the basepaths.
Robles completed a 3-for-10 collection towards the Diamondbacks by main off the third with a single.
Down 2-0, the Nats had their quickest runner aboard with no one out.
However after taking second on Cèsar Hernàndez’s second sacrifice bunt of the season, Robles was caught stealing third, the primary time he’s been thrown out this season after 11 straight thefts.
Supervisor Davey Martinez wasn’t significantly upset that the 25-year-old value his workforce an opportunity to attain, ultimately leaving the bases loaded.
“I would like him to be aggressive proper there,” Martinez instructed reporters after the sport. “We’ve hit into quite a lot of double performs. I assumed that was truly comparatively shut, it was a superb time to run proper there.”
Diamondbacks starter Corbin Martin bought away with consecutive walks to Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and Nelson Cruz when Yadiel Hernàndez grounded out down the first-base line.
“We bought to take some probabilities right here and there. It’s the way in which the sport is meant to be performed. So I used to be okay with Robles proper there making an attempt to steal,” Martinez stated.
After the Diamondbacks took a 3-1 lead, the Nats tagged the Arizona bullpen for runs within the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
In the meantime, their very own relievers put collectively 4 1⁄3 scoreless innings for Washington’s first scoreless bullpen outing since a win over Atlanta per week in the past, earlier than the All-Star break.
Jordan Weems bought Nats’ starter Erick Fedde out of a two-out, second-and-third jam to shut out the fifth inning by getting Sergio Alcantara to fly out to Soto in proper.
Carl Edwards, Jr. bailed Weems out of a two-out, two-on scenario within the seventh inning by inducing Ketel Marte to line out to Robles in middle.
Steve Chisek loaded the bases with no one out within the eighth earlier than getting an infield fly to brief from Marte.
Then Kyle Finnegan accomplished the inning with one pitch, Christian Walker’s floor ball to brief, the place Luis García’s working underhand flip to Hernàndez at second began a 6-4-3 double play.
Finnegan adopted with a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.
The Nationals pulled inside one within the sixth when Kiebert Ruiz pulled a pointy grounder off Caleb Smith previous third, the place Josh Rojas made a diving cease. Ruiz simply beat Rojas’s throw to first, however the throw skipped previous first and stayed in play, permitting Yadiel Hernàndez to attain from first and Ruiz to finish up on third.
Ruiz was thrown out on a busted squeeze play to kill any additional probability of scoring within the sixth.
“It’s a security squeeze. He simply sort of bought out in no-man’s land, didn’t know what to do,” Martinez stated afterward. “We’ll discuss to him about that tomorrow, however he’s bought to see the ball down on the bottom.”
Ruiz redeemed himself when he capped a 3-for-3 afternoon with the go-ahead single within the eighth.
With Lane Thomas on third base after a leadoff double and Luis García’s first sacrifice bunt of the season, the switch-hitting catcher tagged Arizona lefty Joe Mantiply for an reverse discipline single.
Josh Bell tied the sport within the seventh with a two-out RBI double to the proper discipline nook that scored Cèsar Hernàndez from first.
The ball was initially dominated out of play for a ground-rule double, which might have saved Hernàndez at third. However the Nationals challenged, and the decision was overturned, permitting Hernàndez to attain.