Davey Martinez mentioned after the 8-0 loss to Houston within the sequence finale in D.C. on Sunday that Astros’ starter Justin Verlander, who held the membership to 2 hits and three walks in 5 scoreless innings, had so much to do with Washington’s offense arising empty (although the ‘Stros’ relievers held the Nationals to 2 hits and a stroll in 4 scoreless innings as properly).
“Look who we confronted at the moment,” Martinez mentioned, a day after the group scored 13 runs on 14 hits of their one win within the three-game sequence.
“That’s what — we’ve been swinging the bat properly, no matter whether or not we rating runs or not, we’ve been getting 5-6-7 hits a sport, eight hits a sport, at the moment that man was good.”
Within the sequence opener with the Marlins in Miami final night time, Martinez’s membership scored a run early with three singles off starter Sandy Alcantara within the first, and a hit-by-pitch and stroll within the second gave them one other alternative, however the right-hander retired 20-straight after two reached with one out.
The Nationals scored one other run within the ninth, however misplaced the primary off three with the Fish, 8-2 in the long run.
“I sense that generally they’re urgent, particularly after we’re coming from behind,” Martinez mentioned, as quoted by MASN’s Bobby Blanco after the sport.
“However we acquired to take the lead and maintain the lead for some time, after which like I mentioned good issues will occur.”
The Nationals went 2 for 9 with seven runners left in scoring place within the sequence opener with the Marlins.
“I imply, when you will have runners up there and you’ve got a few of your huge hitters up there, look, this sport shouldn’t be simple and hitting is certainly not simple,” Martinez mentioned.
“Particularly, like I mentioned, if you’re going through a man like Alcantara that has actually good things. However I can inform you now, they’re enjoying arduous. They are surely. And I’m gonna again them, I’m gonna imagine in them. They provide it the whole lot they acquired, generally perhaps a bit bit extra. However we’re gonna maintain battling, I do know that. And this factor will flip round.”
Going into tonight’s sport, the Nationals have misplaced 7 of 10, falling 13 video games underneath .500.
Will they decide up the offense with 27-year-old Marlins’ starter Cody Poteet on the mound within the second of three in Miami? Poteet is making his first begin of the season after posting an 0.55 ERA and a .161/.254/.214 line towards in 16 1⁄3 IP out of the bullpen.