Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Houston Astros

Assessing the Washington Nationals’ offensive points after they linked for eight hits, all singles, and went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring place and eight left on base in a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday, Davey Martinez stated his membership was hitting the ball, sure, but it surely wasn’t the kind of contact he wished to see.

“We’re hitting the ball actually good, and we’re nonetheless getting hits, however we’re not impacting the baseball, so we have to do higher with that,” the fifth-year supervisor defined.

“I assumed we had good at-bats,” he stated.

“We hit some balls good, we simply couldn’t collectively hit balls in a row, , the place we might do one thing.”

“We acquired to get again to grouping up a bunch of hits. That’s what we’d like.”

They strung hits collectively and hit for energy, impacting the ball on a number of events because the Nats beat the Astros 13-7 within the second of three in D.C. final night time, with doubles by Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Maikel Franco, and residential runs by Yadiel Hernández and Franco as they put 13 runs up on 14 hits within the second sport with the ‘Stros in Nationals Park.

Cruz, who went into the 2nd of three with hits in 6 of seven, going 8 for 25 (.320/.393/.560) in that stretch, with two residence runs, three walks, and 6 Ks in 28 plate appearances, went 3 for 4 with the three-run double and a stroll within the win on Saturday.

“We talked about Nellie, I assumed Nellie has been swinging the bat lots higher. He hit the ball laborious all night time tonight. In order that’s good to see,” Martinez stated after the win.

And that base-clearing double? It got here off of Cruz’s bat and 113.8 MPH and hit the out-of-town scoreboard in proper … laborious.

“That ball was hit actually, actually laborious. I assumed he knocked the wall down, but it surely was hit laborious,” Martinez advised reporters.

“And like I stated, when he begins driving the ball like that to right-center discipline, good issues are going to occur.”

Will the Nationals’ offense maintain rolling within the collection finale? Justin Verlander is on the mound for the Astros this afternoon. Will the Nats have the ability to take 2 of three from the Astros in D.C.?