Juan Soto doubled to steer off the sixth, and one out later Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying two-run dwelling run that evened issues up at 2-2 within the 2nd of three for Washington’s Nationals in Arlington, TX’s Globe Life Subject, however the guests had been 1 for 8 with runners in scoring place total, and 6 left on base in what ended up a walk-off, 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.
“I imply, simply hitting comes and goes, it’s a part of the sport,” Cruz mentioned after connecting for the Nationals’ solely hit with runners in scoring place within the sport.
“We’ve got to concentrate on the issues we are able to management, play protection, run the bases and stuff like that. Hitting will come sooner or later.”
“We had our possibilities,” supervisor Davey Martinez informed reporters in his submit sport press convention within the Rangers’ dwelling.
“We had our possibilities early, we had our possibilities late, we’re simply struggling driving in some runs now, so, and we clearly acquired one taken away from us.”
The one he felt was taken away from the Nationals was on a Nelson Cruz liner within the eighth, an at-bat after Josh Bell singled to begin the inning. Rangers’ third baseman Josh H. Smith dove for the ball, and it appeared to look off his glove whereas in honest territory earlier than touchdown foul, so, the Nats argued, it ought to have been a good ball.
“It turns into a judgement name,” Martinez mentioned of what he was informed when he requested the umps to debate it and see if anybody noticed what he and his DH did.
“So you may’t evaluation it, and I simply noticed it once more, and I hope they take a look at it tonight, that’s all I’m going to say.”
“It was apparent,” Cruz mentioned. “I noticed it instantly. He hit it and he was in honest territory. Such as you mentioned, it was judgement name. In all probability it was robust for him to see the baseball and see the place the defender was in that state of affairs. I assume he wanted assist from the opposite guys, however yeah, that damage us, yeah.”
“You need to deal with it prefer it was a foul ball,” he mentioned when requested how he moved on from it, and tried to remain within the at-bat, which ended with a double play.
“On the finish of the day, that’s what it was.”
“Only a robust day for our offense, so we acquired to return again tomorrow,” Martinez mentioned. A win within the finale with the Rangers and the Nationals have a sequence win.