Washington Nationals’ lineup for series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks

Juan Soto began final night time’s sport with a 27-game on-base streak going, and he’d gone 10 video games, and 44 plate appearances, and not using a strikeout, however going up towards D-backs’ lefty Madison Bumgarner, he struck out twice, and he added a 3rd Okay in his remaining PA, towards Luke Weaver.

His on-base streak ended, and it was Soto’s first three-strikeout sport of the season. Why did he have a lot hassle with Bumgarner (towards whom he was 0 for 3 with two BBs earlier than final night time)?

Supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned earlier than the sport he went with a right-hand heavy lineup for the matchup, as a result of, “Bumgarner is basically powerful on lefties,” and Soto hasn’t hit lefties all that nicely this season (.220/.351/.398 in 148 PAs vs his .276/.379/.486 profession line vs lefties), so possibly it was to be anticipated.

After the sport, he talked about why Arizona’s southpaw is such a tricky at-bat for left-hand hitters.

“I feel it’s simply the very fact — like I mentioned, it’s powerful to select up,” he defined, “particularly batting left-handed towards him — it comes from down and form of sidearm, and he hides the ball rather well, so the ball will get on you pretty rapidly.”

Bumgarner held the Nationals to 2 runs on 4 hits, hanging out 9 in an eight-inning outing in a 7-2 win for the Diamondbacks.

The primary two video games out of the All-Star Break have been extra of the identical for the struggling Nationals’ offense. Are they nonetheless urgent as they attempt to make one thing occur?

“I feel particularly after the Break, guys are nonetheless looking for themselves once more, and getting in that groove,” Martinez mentioned after the sixteenth loss in 18 video games in July. “So hopefully, tomorrow we’ll come out and we’ll begin swinging the bats the best way we’re able to swinging. Nevertheless it’s been a wrestle. Consistency has been the most important factor. Some days we appear to be we’re going to hit the ball actually, rather well. Different days we come out and like tonight … and like I mentioned, give Bumgarner plenty of credit score, however we didn’t hit the ball in any respect. We struck out a bunch of occasions and we simply didn’t see the ball, however hopefully tomorrow we’ll come out tomorrow and put some runs up early and infrequently.”

Victor Robles linked for the Nats’ solely extra-base hit of the night time when he homered off the D-backs’ lefty within the eighth inning, with the Nationals trailing 7-1, and Bumgarner mentioned in his post-game scrum with reporters he didn’t respect the best way Robles watched it.

“He’s a clown, golly,” Bumgarner mentioned. “No disgrace. It was 7-1, and also you hit your third residence run of the 12 months, and also you act like Barry Bonds breaking the file. Clear it up. I don’t care about giving up the run. Hell, we received 7-2, 8-2, no matter it was. It’s irritating. I’m the previous grumpy man, I do know, however that sort of stuff didn’t use to occur. Now, it’s — it’s ridiculous.”

Oh, we acquired beef going into the sequence finale?