Washington Nationals’ lineup for 1st of 2 with Baltimore Orioles

Davey Martinez’s membership beat Milwaukee within the first two video games of their recently-completed homestand in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park, however they dropped eight-straight after that earlier than avoiding a five-game sweep with a win within the collection finale with Philadelphia.

A 3-8 homestand left the Nats 12-26 within the nation’s capital this season. Their struggling offense put up 9 runs in beating the Phillies, and the win got here earlier than a much-needed off day for the supervisor and his membership.

“I can’t watch for the time off tomorrow, and we transfer on to Baltimore,” Martinez mentioned in his publish sport press convention on Sunday. “Nevertheless it was a troublesome homestand. And though at this time Jackson [Tetreault] did nicely, it’s nonetheless — we received to begin limiting errors. We’re beating ourselves up day by day. We’re making issues arduous for ourselves. Right now we swung the bats, which is nice.”

There have been a number of the identical errors which have price them in earlier losses, however they put up sufficient runs to have the ability to overcome them on Sunday.

“We simply received to proceed to maintain taking part in baseball,” Martinez added, “and continue to learn, go on the market and attempt to restrict our errors.”

As regular, the relentlessly optimistic fifth-year skipper discovered issues he appreciated, which he highlighted after the win.

“I used to be pleased with Luis [García] at this time,” he mentioned. “He performed good defensively. He can hit, everyone knows that. He stayed on the ball at this time, hit the ball the opposite approach. We want him to get higher on the sphere. We want all these guys to — like I mentioned, protection is essential, baserunning is essential, pitching is essential, however we’ve received to catch the ball behind our guys, that’s the primary factor. So if we will do this, and we will proceed to get these guys to throw strikes like [Tetreault did] we’ll actually begin having some enjoyable. As a result of I feel our offense is — they’re going to attain runs. We had some days the place we scored 4-5 runs, and only one little factor occurs out within the discipline and issues blow up. If we will restrict our errors, on the finish of the sport we’ll most likely be on high, however it was a very good day for us. Good sport, good victory, find it irresistible, guys performed arduous. So, I’m wanting ahead to a time off, so are they.”

They’re again at it tonight although…