Washington Nationals’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks


“We had some alternatives with guys on base, we hit the ball laborious although, we lined out a couple of occasions, we simply couldn’t get that large hit with guys on base,” Davey Martinez mentioned of the two for 11 with runners in scoring place, 11-left-on-base exhibiting for the Washington Nationals’ offense in Saturday evening’s 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It was a troublesome evening offensively. We tried to scratch and claw there on the finish, however couldn’t end it,” the fifth-year skipper mentioned after the second of three losses his membership suffered of their four-game sequence in PNC Park.

In Sunday’s sequence finale, the Nationals loaded the bases with a one-out stroll and back-to-back singles within the high of the second, and scored three runs on back-to-back singles off Riley Adams and Victor Robles’s bats, however they stranded two runners in that inning, and within the third, they put two on with nobody out and stranded each.

In the long run, the Nationals went 3 for 10 with runners in scoring place and 10 left on base because the Bucs scored 5 unanswered runs and took the fourth sport of 4 of their park.

“We must always have put them away early,” Martinez mentioned after the ultimate sport of the seven-game street journey to Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

“We didn’t do this both, so we bought to complete video games,” he added, “protecting working good at-bats all through the entire sport, and put groups like that away. After we soar on them like that, we simply bought to place them away, and we didn’t do this in the present day.”

What stored them from placing the Pirates away, and from scoring with runners in scoring place total?

“We begin chasing and getting exterior the zone,” Martinez defined, “… however extra so too, while you get a chance to drive in a run, be prepared. Be able to hit the fastball. Don’t take — don’t wait till you get to 2 strikes, you already know, however be aggressive early within the rely. I’ve all the time mentioned that and I’ve all the time preached, ‘Hey, first two pitches, the primary two pitches when a man’s on base are the perfect pitches I believe you’re going to get to hit, they are surely should you take a look at it, and we’re hitting deep within the rely loads, and we’ve bought to get extra aggressive with guys on base.”

Will the Nationals come out extra aggressive after an unscheduled evening off following their first street journey of the season?

HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE OPENER WITH THE D-BACKS:

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