Nelson Cruz was a late scratch within the collection finale in Miami, and Washington’s skipper Davey Martinez mentioned the 41-year-old, 18-year veteran would get an MRI on his balky decrease again, however a day later, the DH in D.C. was again within the lineup and he went 4 for five with residence run (No. 6) of 2022 in what ended up an 11-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Nationals Park.
“His again was stiff yesterday,” Martinez mentioned earlier than the collection opener within the nation’s capital.
“He referred to as me this morning, I talked to him this morning. He mentioned he feels so much higher, he hit within the cage and mentioned he feels good, so he’s again in there.”
After the win, the supervisor was correctly awed by Cruz’s 24-hour turnaround.
“He is aware of himself higher than anyone else,” Martinez mentioned, “and he advised me right now he was good. I’m simply actually grateful that it wasn’t nothing severe, as a result of whenever you speak about your decrease again or your aspect you assume the worst, however he mentioned he felt good right now, he took swings and every part, and he was in a position to play right now and also you noticed what he did, so hopefully he will get some relaxation tonight, and comes again and does it once more tomorrow.”
Lane Thomas, coming off an 11 for 30, three double, three residence run highway journey, picked up the place he left off, going 3 for five with three runs scored in final evening’s win.
Martinez penciled Thomas in as his leadoff hitter for the second recreation in a row (and fourth time this season) within the opener with the Brewers, and he got here via once more with one other massive recreation.
His supervisor mentioned he preferred the lineup with Thomas up prime, César Hernández batting second, Juan Soto (1 for 4, BB), Cruz, and Josh Bell (2 for five, 3B, HR) within the center, and Keibert Ruiz (3 for five), Maikel Franco (1 for five, HR), Luis García (2 for five), and Victor Robles (1 for 3, BB) rounding it out.
“It’s good,” Martinez mentioned. “I form of like — when Lane is swinging the bat nicely I form of like that entire set-up. What actually does assistance is that Luis [García] is within the backside of that lineup too, so we don’t have all these right-handers in a row, in order that’s form of good. It performs out good for us. If Lane can get on base, César, he’s been doing a fantastic job main off, however he additionally — I do know he can hit second too, and people guys can get on base for the 3-4-5-6 hitters we bought. And like I mentioned, they’d a very good day right now. So I’m happy with the boys. Like I mentioned, it was a protracted evening final evening, we bought in super-late, didn’t get a lot sleep, so let’s get some sleep tonight and hopefully repeat what we did right now.”
Franco’s one hit, his fifth HR of the yr, prolonged successful streak to ten-straight video games. What’s going proper for the veteran?
“He’s simply getting the ball up and staying on the ball, I imply, he actually is,” Martinez mentioned.
“He hit some balls arduous right now, lined out once more right now, in order that’s good. He’s not attempting to do an entire lot, he’s actually attempting to remain in the course of the sphere. I do know he works arduous with [Assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, aka] Six and [Hitting coach] Darnell [Coles] on doing that, and getting the ball up. For me, he’s actually a high-ball hitter, so he’s bought to get the ball up within the zone, and he’s carried out a fantastic job of it.”
Did Martinez shake something up after a 19-hit, 11-run recreation final evening? Let’s see…