“A swinging bat is a harmful bat,” Davey Martinez informed reporters after the Nationals’ 8-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night time in Nice American Ball Park.
Washington’s fifth-year skipper, speaking after the membership snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak, stated what he was seeing from his hitters isn’t what works for the roster they assembled within the nation’s capital.
“The one method 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,” Martinez stated.
“Once we’re going good, we go up there and we’re able to hit. And the previous few days I’m watching and we’re taking too many strikes, we actually are, and placing ourselves in a gap.”
Martinez’s membership got here out swinging within the second of 4 with the Reds final night time, with Lane Thomas hitting three dwelling runs, Nelson Cruz and Juan Soto hitting one every, and the membership placing up eight runs whole, on 12 hits, whereas going 3 for 8 with runners in scoring place within the win.
Catcher Riley Adams was the one one of many Nationals’ 9 place gamers with no hit on the second night time in GABP.
Their bats have been harmful for an evening, after they struggled in New York and on night time one in Cincinnati.
“That was the message at present,” Martinez informed reporters after the Nats’ win snapped a four-game dropping streak. “I stated, ‘Hey, begin swinging the bats.’ We’re not a staff that sits there and we’re going to take, take, take. We’ll settle for our walks, we’re fairly good at that, however we acquired to be aggressive, and be aggressive within the strike zone, cease chasing, hit balls within the strike zone.
“Typically we rise up there and the primary pitch, they throw the ball proper down the center and we’re taking it, and that’s not who we’re. Tonight was method higher.
“Tonight they got here out and so they swung the bats, and so they swung at strikes, so it was good to see.
“So hopefully we’ll proceed to do this, like I stated, earlier than this final 4 days, we’ve been swinging the bats effectively, at present we swung the bats effectively, so let’s proceed to do this tomorrow.”
Thomas, with the three homers, doubled his whole on the season, and his 3 for five, 4 RBI night time paced the Nationals’ offense. He’s nonetheless hitting .211 on the 12 months, however Thomas was, it appeared, locked in final night time.
“He was very aggressive, which we like,” his supervisor stated.
“He’s a fastball hitter, when he will get the ball within the zone, whether or not it’s a fastball, sliders, he hits the ball exhausting,” Martinez added, “… and tonight was an ideal instance, he stayed on each ball and he swung the bat effectively.”
Much more spectacular, it wasn’t only a matter of getting one pitcher’s quantity. Thomas hit them off three separate pitchers.
“Like I stated, when he will get on time, and he’s able to hit the fastball, he hits the ball exhausting,” Martinez added. “And it’s robust to do. It’s robust to get three totally different pitchers, and hit the ball like he did, however he had an amazing night time. Evidently, he’ll be batting 2nd tomorrow. He deserves it. However I informed him, I stated, “Take your first at-bat and simply attempt to hit the ball exhausting once more, don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of, however that was superior for him.”