Washington Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 4 with the Atlanta Braves in D.C.

After taking 2 of three from Atlanta of their first sequence of 2022, Washington’s Nationals have now dropped seven straight to the Braves, with final evening’s 5-4 loss in Nationals Park. They’re 2-8 in opposition to their NL East rivals this season. They’ve additionally misplaced seven in a row general now.

Going into final evening, supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned he and his membership knew how good the defending World Sequence champions had been, however his crew, in the event that they play the best method, may defeat anybody on any given evening.

“I imply, you realize, they’re good, we received to make our pitches, we received to play good protection, we received to do all of the little issues,” Martinez defined.

“The largest factor for us proper now, is, like I mentioned, we received to swing the bats higher. That’s the important thing. We’re hitting, however we’re not getting the well timed hits that we want, so hopefully we’ll get that at present.”

Mmmmmm not a lot.

Martinez’s membership went 3 for 9 with runners in scoring place, and 7 left on base of their one-run loss, settling for one run on a groundout after loading the bases with nobody out within the second, and including two late runs to make it shut, however they couldn’t snap their six-game dropping streak general, or the six-game dropping streak in opposition to the Braves.

Earlier than the beginning of the ultimate sequence of the so-called “first half” of the 2022 marketing campaign, the fifth-year supervisor mentioned he desires his crew to relaxation up and are available out robust within the second half, however not look past the duty at hand. Which is so on-brand.

“We positively wish to end robust, but it surely’s all about at present,” Martinez mentioned. “Like I all the time say, keep within the second, let’s get by at present and go 1-0 at present and we’ll go from there. Look, these boys, we misplaced some robust video games as of current. I actually really feel like we’re taking part in higher, we’re often simply 1-2 hits away from busting out of one thing and successful some ballgames, so I simply need these guys to proceed to play exhausting and have enjoyable.”

His message for the membership after the loss final evening? “I talked to them after the sport, and I instructed them, I mentioned, “Maintain preventing. Maintain preventing. I imply, I do know you guys are taking part in exhausting, maintain battling, issues will change.

“We’ll get these massive hits, we’ll get these massive outs once we want them, however maintain battling.”

Will the Nationals snap their seven-game dropping streaks tonight?