Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 4th of 5 with the Philadelphia Phillies in D.C.

Coming into this long-weekend’s five-game collection with the Philadelphia Phillies, Nationals’ first baseman Josh Bell was within the midst of a mini-slump which noticed Washington’s 29-year-old switch-hitter go 0 for 11 with 4 walks and 4 Ks in his earlier 4 video games. Bell hit one out within the opener with the Nats’ NL East rivals on Thursday, nonetheless, connecting for his eighth residence run of 2022, then he hit one other within the first sport of the doubleheader in D.C. yesterday.

“He’s simply attempting to hit the ball somewhat bit extra out entrance,” supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned after a 5-3 loss within the day half of the dual invoice.

“His level of contact, simply attempting to get it out entrance somewhat bit and getting the ball extra within the air. He’s executed properly. He’s labored religiously with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles] on attempting to enhance daily. If you change hit, it’s robust. To see him do it right-handed at the moment, and hit the ball the opposite manner the way in which he did, that’s superior. I do know he works so much on his left-handed swing, however to see him go up there right-handed and hit a ball like that was fairly superior.”

Bell hit his first of the day without work of lefty Ranger Suárez, from the proper aspect as Martinez famous, then within the nightcap he took one other left-hander, Bailey Falter deep within the second, and hit one other one within the fourth for his third of the day, fourth in two video games, and eleventh of the ‘22 marketing campaign.

In three video games with the Phillies, Bell is 5 for 10 with 4 homers, three walks, and three Ks with two to play this weekend.

The Nationals are 0-3 within the collection although, with seven straight losses now.

“We fought,” Martinez mentioned after the Phillies swept each ends of the dual invoice in D.C. “We fought each video games. We had an opportunity to win the second sport. Simply couldn’t maintain the lead. However we fought again. We fought again once more. We simply couldn’t rating that run to tie it, or end it. So, like I mentioned, we acquired to maintain taking part in laborious, we acquired to maintain taking part in laborious, we’ve acquired to restrict some psychological errors, so however we acquired to get again right here early tomorrow and prepare for one more sport.”