Washington’s Nationals snapped a streak of 27-straight innings and not using a run when Josh Bell homered off of Cincinnati Reds’ starter Graham Ashcraft within the high of the seventh final evening, however the Nats couldn’t finish their present dropping streak, which stretched to 4 straight video games with an 8-1 loss within the sequence opener on the highway in Nice American Ball Park.
“Taking too many strikes, chasing an excessive amount of, swinging at loads of balls,” Davey Martinez informed reporters after his membership scored one run on 5 hits and went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring place and 5 left on base.
“We obtained to be — we’re not a group — we’re going to take our walks, however we’re a group that’s aggressive early within the counts and get pitches to hit and swing at them. At the moment we took too many balls within the zone and chased.”
The supervisor’s message to his struggling membership, which went by three video games’ price of at-bats with out pushing a single run throughout the plate?
“A swinging bat is a harmful bat,” the fifth-year skipper mentioned. “I imply, proper? The one means we’re going to get out of it’s by getting good pitches and swinging at good pitches, and attacking the strike zone early. That’s what we’re actually good at. After we’re going good, we go up there and we’re able to hit. And the previous couple of days I’m watching and we’re taking too many strikes, we actually are, and placing ourselves in a gap. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, this sport’s onerous sufficient, and if you’re at all times up there hitting with two strikes, it’s even more durable, so let’s be aggressive early, and are available again tomorrow and go 1-0 tomorrow, however I need to see these guys swing the bats aggressively early, and hit strikes.”
HERE’s THE NATIONALS LINEUP FOR THE 2ND OF 4 WITH THE REDS: