Washington Nationals’ lineup for second-half opener in Arizona…

“Let’s attempt to rating some runs at the moment and depart the break with a curly-W,” Davey Martinez mentioned earlier than the Nationals’ win within the first-half finale final Sunday, which snapped a nine-game shedding streak. “That’s the purpose. So like I mentioned, we put some good at-bats collectively, we hit the ball arduous, we’ve obtained to begin doing it although with guys on base, guys in scoring place.”

Early within the fourth recreation of 4 with the Atlanta Braves in D.C., Ehire Adrianza hit a two-out, two-run single to present the house workforce an early 2-0 lead, and Victor Robles adopted up with a two-run residence run to place the Nationals up 4-0 in what ended up a 7-3 win, with Adrianza driving in a run with a groundout, Maikel Franco hitting an RBI single, and Juan Soto homering to cap it off (and lengthen a 26-game on-base streak).

“That was a whole lot of enjoyable,” supervisor Davey Martinez informed reporters after the win which left the membership 31-63 by way of 94 video games within the first full-year of the workforce’s organizational reboot.

“Robles, large residence run proper there,” the fifth-year skipper added. “Backside of the lineup. Adrianza getting a clutch base hit with two strikes, however the guys, like I mentioned, they play arduous, and hopefully they take one thing out of this recreation at the moment going ahead, and after the break we come again and proceed the momentum. I imply, that’s the largest factor, so there’s nonetheless a whole lot of issues that we have to clear as much as actually get higher and compete on daily basis and play constant, so we’re going to work on these issues loads this subsequent half, as we’ve been doing, however like I mentioned, I’m joyful to enter the break with a giant win and a giant win for these guys.”

It sounded from the supervisor like his membership breathed a collective sigh of reduction after snapping the shedding streak (although they’ve gained simply 2 of 16 video games in July).

“It’s superior to see these guys smiling and taking part in music and leaping up and down, so let’s make it a behavior,” Martinez continued.

The skipper singled out Robles for reward as nicely, noting even earlier than the homer, No. 2 for the outfielder this season, in 231 plate appearances, he was exhibiting optimistic indicators on the plate.

“I discussed I feel it a pair days in the past,” he mentioned, “however he’s had some higher swings. The ball’s coming off his bat now. And he’s been working actually arduous with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles] on making an attempt to hit the ball out entrance, keep again, and you may see the outcomes, so it was good for him to come back by way of proper there, and like I mentioned, swings are getting higher.”

Tough because the going has been because the Nats kicked off the reboot final July thirtieth, Martinez mentioned he’s seen development from the younger gamers on the roster.

“I actually consider that the blokes that now we have, particularly the younger guys, I feel they’re going to be actually good gamers, I actually do, and like I mentioned, with the trouble that we’re giving proper now, we clear some issues up, we’re going to see some manufacturing and we’re going to see some good baseball out of them.”

Some good baseball down the stretch will surely be welcome.