Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 3 with Arizona D-backs in Chase Field

The second-half opener appeared quite a bit like all these first-half losses for the Washington Nationals, who got here out of the All-Star Break final night time and dropped a 10-1 resolution to Arizona’s Diamondbacks during which they have been held hitless by means of 5 23 innings in Chase Area, and managed simply three hits and one run general, which they scored within the high of the ninth.

Davey Martinez’s membership has now misplaced 9 of the final 10, and 15 of 17 video games in July.

“We hit some balls onerous,” Martinez mentioned in his publish recreation presser final night time. “We simply can’t get — after we hit the ball onerous, it’s on the bottom. We are able to’t get the ball within the air. I imply, like I mentioned, we’ve bought to begin driving balls, getting them extra within the air. I believed we hit some actually onerous floor balls as we speak, however we’ve bought to begin getting the ball up a little bit bit.”

A number of days off apparently didn’t change a lot for the membership, although. It’s nonetheless the identical membership which misplaced 63 of 94 video games earlier than the break, although that can doubtless change in a couple of weeks. What do they should do to begin to flip this throughout and get issues going on the plate?

“I believe we’ve bought to remain on the fastballs, like I mentioned earlier,” Martinez instructed reporters, “… and be able to hit the fastballs, hit them extra out entrance, so we simply bought to proceed to work on it, we harp on it every single day. We hit the ball rather well in BP as we speak, I believed we have been going to hit the ball nicely as we speak, and like I mentioned, we did.

“Keibert [Ruiz] in that final at-bat, smoked a ball. I do know [Juan] Soto hit a one-hopper, he mentioned, ‘Man, I have to get that ball within the air.’

“So we simply bought to proceed to work on it, and like I mentioned, prepare early and attempt to hit the ball within the gaps.”

After they’re unable to get issues going on the plate, it’s like they’re taking part in from behind the entire recreation, which they have been from the third inning on final night time, after starter Patrick Corbin gave up 4 within the home-half of the third.

“Yeah, and that’s one thing that I addressed the group about as we speak,” Martinez mentioned, “is about getting off — scoring first. We haven’t accomplished that always, however we have to actually give attention to having good, high quality at-bats. Scoring first, you realize, within the first couple innings, after which see the place it takes us from there. However we really feel like we’re all the time going to return again, we actually do, and also you noticed — late within the recreation we scored a run, however these form of at-bats, we’ve bought to have them early within the recreation as nicely.”

Will the Nationals rating first and get off to a superb begin tonight?