Luis García hit fifth within the lineup within the first two video games in Atlanta, and he’d hit within the center or the underside of Washington’s order since he got here up on June 1st, however Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez moved the 22-year-old shortstop to the leadoff spot within the collection finale within the Braves’ house, and he appreciated what he noticed.
García went 0 for 4 with two Ks and a stroll (which was simply his second free cross in 145 plate appearances since he was referred to as up) within the 4-3 loss in additional innings in Truist Park.
“He walked,” Martinez mentioned with fun when requested about his leadoff man. “He bought good pitches to hit. He’s simply bought to — like I mentioned with him — he’s simply bought to get the ball up. I talked to him earlier than the sport about not making an attempt to — get your walks, and simply go up there and hit, however get the ball up. Search for fastballs like he all the time does. He had some balls to hit. Hit a ball exhausting to shortstop as we speak. He did stroll. However I form of appreciated it. So we’ll give it a whirl right here for some time and see what occurs.”
García completed the Nationals’ highway journey with a .298/.310/.433 line, 11 doubles, a triple, and two house runs within the majors this yr,
Martinez’s membership went simply 2 for 12 with runners in scoring place and 9 left on base within the one-run loss, the Nationals’ tenth loss within the final 11 video games. He mentioned afterwards what he has been saying for some time now about the necessity to get the bats going.
“We’re hitting into numerous double performs,” Martinez mentioned, after 5 within the collection in Atlanta gave them 88 whole on the yr, probably the most within the majors. “We bought to begin getting the ball up within the air in conditions, we bought to begin driving in runs with guys on third base with lower than two outs, that’s a giant a part of the sport.”
All three of the Nationals’ runs got here on a three-run house run by Lane Thomas within the sixth, which was one of many membership’s two hits with RISP within the sport.
What’s not working in these spots?
“We’re not getting the ball within the air. We’re hitting too many floor balls,” Martinez mentioned. “And we discuss it. We bought to begin getting the ball up, like I mentioned yesterday, and begin hitting the ball within the air. Like I mentioned, there’s sure moments within the sport the place you bought to sacrifice your self to get the runner on base, to maneuver the man over, issues of that nature. We bought to do a greater job of doing that.”
How does he approaches questions of strategy with the workforce as a complete?
“We hold engaged on it,” he mentioned. “We discuss it, these guys perceive it. We simply bought to do it. I imply, like I mentioned, and particularly in these conditions like that, one run both approach — you can both win or lose with one run, and we simply bought to get the job accomplished.”
Will the Nationals get the job accomplished tonight? Let’s see…
HERE’S THE NATIONALS LINEUP FOR THE 1ST OF 2 WITH THE MARINERS: