Washington Nationals’ lineup for finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park

Victor Robles sat out of the primary two video games in PNC Park this weekend, working behind the scenes to get his swing proper because the 24-year-old outfielder tries to bounce again from powerful seasons in 2020-21.

“We’ve been working with Victor,” supervisor Davey Martinez defined on Friday. “And he’s been coming in early to hit, and I wished to present him these two days to work with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles]. He’s been swinging quite a bit, and we talked to him at the moment, and he swung the bat very well at the moment in early BP, so I instructed him, I mentioned, ‘Be able to play at the moment if we want you … however tomorrow, you’ll play, and also you’ll play for the subsequent two days — after which we’ll see the place he’s at.”

Robles returned to the lineup for Saturday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates, however went 0 for two with a stroll earlier than Martinez hit for him with Yadiel Hernández with a runner on and two out in what was a one-run sport within the eighth.

What did the Nats’ skipper see from Robles (who’s now 0 for 18 with a stroll and 7 Ks to start out the season) in his plate appearances final night time? He Ok’d swinging the primary time up, and walked in his second PA, earlier than lining out to second base in his remaining journey to the plate.

“He had a few balls [that were] questionable, I received to go have a look at them, he fell behind a pair occasions,” Martinez instructed reporters after what ended up a 6-4 loss, “… however like I mentioned, he’s staying on prime of the baseball, which is nice, and I instructed him so long as you’re hitting balls like that, they’ll begin falling, don’t — I don’t need him to get upset, simply maintain on the point of hit and keep on prime of the baseball, and people will come. I do know we pinch hit for him, however we had an opportunity with Yadi, it was a superb matchup for Yadi to see if we might rating some runs there.”

As a workforce, the Nationals went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring place final night time, and 11 left on base general in what ended up a two-run sport.

“We had some alternatives with guys on base,” Martinez mentioned after the membership fell to 4-6 in 10 video games. “We hit the ball arduous although, we lined out a number of occasions, we simply couldn’t get that huge hit with guys on base. It was a troublesome night time offensively. We tried to scratch and claw there on the finish, however couldn’t end it.”

Now the Nationals will attempt for a cut up of the four-game set on the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.



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