Washington Nationals’ lineup for the finale with the Miami Marlins in D.C.

The one run the Washington Nationals did rating final night time got here on a bases-loaded stroll within the eighth, after Cesár Hernández reached on a two-out error and Juan Soto reached on a pop-up over the infield that the Miami Marlins’ second baseman Jazz Chisholm, Jr. couldn’t catch. Josh Bell walked to load the bases, and Nelson Cruz walked to power in the one run the house workforce scored in a 2-1 loss.

That run got here towards the Marlins’ bullpen, however the Nationals couldn’t generate a lot with Miami’s starter Pablo López on the mound.

López tossed six scoreless, which took him from a 0.52 ERA on the yr all the way down to 0.42 in 23 13 IP this season when he was performed for the night time, giving up three hits and a stroll total.

“López is nice,” Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez mentioned when he spoke with reporters in his put up sport press convention. “He got here in with a 0.52 ERA. He assaults the strike zone with all his pitches. Nice changeup. However our bats obtained higher all through the sport.”

Yadiel Hernández hit one to heart with the bases loaded within the home-half of the eighth and the Nationals down by a run, and off the bat it regarded prefer it had an opportunity, but it surely died on the way in which out, and fell in entrance of the monitor for out No. 3 within the backside of the inning.

“Yadi couldn’t do greater than what he did. He smoked that ball 107 MPH. So, someday quickly these balls will likely be residence runs, however I did see the at-bats get higher,” the supervisor reiterated.

As the sport went alongside, and particularly as soon as they obtained into the bullpen, Martinez appreciated what he noticed from his workforce on the plate.

Along with Hernández’s hard-hit fly, Maikel Franco lined a possible game-tying, two-out residence run within the backside of the ninth, that hit the precise discipline wall and bounced again shortly, leaving him with only a single.

“Like I mentioned earlier, we confronted a man who got here in right here pitching rather well, however the at-bats have been higher, as you noticed, we took our walks, and we hit the ball onerous. Franco’s ball, on a pleasant heat day that’s a house run as properly, however we obtained to take these at-bats and construct off of that, and are available again tomorrow and begin off early. We obtained one other robust pitcher tomorrow in [Trevor] Rogers, however we obtained to be aggressive within the strike zone. I nonetheless imagine we’re taking too many fastballs, I actually do. We simply obtained to be extra aggressive within the strike zone, and be able to hit early. That’s the one manner we’re going to get out of it, however like I mentioned, the final 12 at-bats, I used to be simply in there going over it with [hitting coach] Darnell [Coles] for a minute, and the final 12 at-bats have been good, now we obtained to do this all through the sport.”

They’d their probabilities tonight.

“We had the bases loaded and Yadi got here up smoked that ball. There’s not a lot else he can do about it,” Martinez defined, “… so let’s simply exit tomorrow and attempt to go 1-0 tomorrow and play good, clear baseball.”