César Hernández singled to left subject off of Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter Mitch Keller within the first at-bat of Friday evening’s win in PNC Park, connecting for his fifth leadoff hit in 5 video games on the Nationals’ present highway journey.
Hernández, the Nats’ highlighted of their pregame notes, started the 2nd of 4 with the Bucs having, “… hit safely in 7 of 8 video games to start out the season …[and] recorded a run in 5 straight video games,” as nicely. His supervisor, Davey Martinez, has been impressed with the 31-year-old vet who signed on as a free agent final November.
A 2 for five evening in opposition to the Pirates, on which he scored two runs in a 7-2 win, left Hernández 11 for 38 (.289/.325/.289) early this season.
Having him hit his manner on to start out every of the previous 5 video games has been useful, clearly, Martinez advised reporters.
“It’s been good. The important thing for me and him, as I all the time speak to him, is simply don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of, get on base,” Martinez mentioned.
“The house runs will come for him, however proper now he’s staying on the balls with two strikes, hitting the ball the opposite manner, and he’s making an attempt to get on base, which is superior. For me, I depend on him to get on base for [Juan] Soto and [Nelson] Cruz and [Josh] Bell, and when he can do this, as you see, issues can occur.”
Cruz began the evening on Friday 5 for 28 (.179/.258/.286) with a house run, three walks, and eight Ks in seven video games and 31 plate appearances, however he had a strong recreation in PNC, going 2 for 4, with three RBIs, and a stroll.
Martinez mentioned he was wanting ahead to the DH heating up and occurring a run on the plate.
“When he will get sizzling it’s a sight to see,” he advised reporters. “He’ll begin hitting balls, he’ll be hitting balls out of the ballpark. However proper now we’re making an attempt to get him to remain on the ball, take his walks, settle for his walks, and right now he put the ball in play. He’s knowledgeable hitter. The man has a whole lot of RBIs for a motive, he is aware of how you can drive them in. So he had a great day. Him and — Josh Bell is swinging the bat rather well as nicely, so we’ve bought to maintain these guys going.”
Soto, Cruz, and Bell have been a mixed 6 for 11 with 4 walks, six RBIs, and two runs scored on the evening, with Soto (2 for 3, 2 BB) scoring after singling within the first, on successful by Cruz, and once more within the sixth, after strolling, and coming in on a Bell single. Simply how the Nats drew it up this winter?
“Completely,” he mentioned. “I imply, we get guys on base — as you already know, Juan goes to just accept his walks, and he’s going to get on base, so we bought two guys behind him that may drive [Soto] and César in, we’re going to attain some runs. I used to be glad too with the at-bats of the underside of the lineup. They put the ball in play, knocked in a pair runs, so we bought to proceed to do this.”