Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies

Because the Nationals wrote of their pregame notes for yesterday’s sport, with three dwelling runs in Friday’s doubleheader with the Phillies, switch-hitting first baseman Josh Bell, “… grew to become the primary participant in Nationals’ historical past (2005-pres.) to hit three dwelling runs in a doubleheader, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau.”

With these three dwelling runs, and one other within the sequence opener with Philadelphia in D.C. on Thursday, Bell was as much as seven within the month of June, and 11 total on the yr.

Bell got here near hitting his fifth of the sequence and twelfth on the yr late in Saturday’s additional innings loss in Nationals Park, however he hit a 360-foot shot to left-center, the place the fence sits 377-ish ft from dwelling.

“I actually thought when Josh Bell hit that ball it was a house run,” supervisor Davey Martinez advised reporters after what ended up a 2-1 loss. “[Catching & Strategy Coach] Henry [Blanco] grabbed me super-hard as a result of he thought it was out too, however the best way that wind was blowing was loopy at the moment. However he hit the ball properly. We thought it was a house run, and we received excited, after which the ball simply died.”

It was a 0-0 sport till the seventh, when the Phillies received on the board with a house run by infielder Yairo Muñoz off reliever Erasmo Ramírez, and although Bell’s blast fell wanting going out, Lane Thomas hit a game-tying RBI single off Philly lefty Brad Hand to tie issues up at 1-1 after Phillies’ starter Aaron Nola held the Nationals off the board by means of eight.

“We ran right into a buzzsaw at the moment,” Martinez mentioned after the sport. “I imply, Nola was actually good.

“We’ve seen him earlier than when he might be that manner, we’ve seen him earlier than once we can get some hits and a few runs early on him, however at the moment he blended all his pitches in rather well, our offense couldn’t actually get nothing going. We battled. We didn’t chase a complete lot. However he was — he had his good things at the moment. At this time Nola was on.”

Martinez appreciated the combat in his membership, however they dropped their eighth straight in the long run, and a loss at the moment would give the Phillies a uncommon five-game sweep over the NL East rivals. There are positives to remove from the sport, in response to the fifth-year skipper.

“I’m seeing good issues, consider it or not,” he mentioned. “I’m seeing some good issues, so we’ll clear some stuff up, however we’ll begin getting higher. And I feel they’re beginning to get a little bit little bit of confidence. I can see it within the dugout, I can see it — they actually consider — we’re within the video games, they actually consider that hey, they’ll play with these guys, and that is our youthful gamers, in order that’s good. Lane at the moment, coming off the bench, large hit. Huge hit. So I used to be comfortable about that. So we received to maintain going. Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so we’ll go on the market and battle at 12:[05] and attempt to win a sport.”