In his final 5 video games earlier than final evening’s sequence opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers in D.C., Lane Thomas was 5 for 17 (.294 AVG), with two doubles, a triple, a house run, and two runs scored, and on the 12 months, he’d, “… hit safely in 18 of 27 begins … and reached base safely in 23 of the 27,” because the Washington Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes for the matchup.
Thomas, 26, went into the sport towards LA’s lefty Tyler Anderson with a .381/.500/.603 line in 78 plate appearances towards southpaws this season (versus a .178/.274/.337 line in 186 PAs towards RHPs), so his supervisor tried to benefit from his splits by shifting him to the highest of the order. His pondering?
“Simply he’s swinging the bat effectively, he hits lefties very well, so for me it’s simply attempt to get him up there towards this lefty,” Martinez mentioned. “And put César [Hernández] down a bit of bit [hitting 8th], and it provides us a chance possibly with César down there to flip the lineup as much as the highest once more. It’s one thing I considered final evening, after all the things, so I really feel very comfy with [Thomas] main off. He did it final 12 months and did effectively, so with him and shifting Keibert [Ruiz] as much as 2, let’s see what occurs.”
Not a lot occurred. Thomas went 0 for 4 with two Ks because the leadoff man, nevertheless it wasn’t simply the outfielder who struggled on the plate. Nationals’ hitters managed simply 5 hits off of the Dodgers’ starter, who accomplished eight scoreless frames, and the house group scored only a run on seven hits general, scoring one on two hits off reliever Phil Bickford within the ninth.
Nelson Cruz singled and scored the one run the Nationals put up within the sport, returning to the lineup after he tweaked an ankle late within the sequence finale with the Milwaukee Brewers in American Household Subject this previous weekend.
“He known as me this morning,” Martinez advised reporters earlier than the sport, “… mentioned he felt good, mentioned he wished to play, in order that’s superior that he’s again in there right this moment.”
Cruz went 1 for 4 with a run scored within the loss.