Washington Nationals’ lineup for today’s series finale with the Colorado Rockies

Whereas nobody is pleased with the general document, (17-30 after their win within the first recreation of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Rockies on Saturday, 17-31 after a loss within the nightcap; 19-31 right here we come), Washington’s supervisor mentioned there have been loads of issues he preferred about his ballclub within the first two months, and the way in which the crew has come collectively as a bunch has been particularly satisfying.

“All of them pull for one another it doesn’t matter what,” Martinez mentioned after the Nationals collected back-to-back wins for the primary time since Might 1-3 on within the sequence opener with Colorado.

“In the event that they’re not taking part in, in the event that they’re taking part in, they’re all pulling for each other,” he added, “so I really like the perspective of this crew and the way they go about their enterprise daily. They work onerous they usually play onerous, so I can’t complain about how they work and what they’re doing, and it’s good to see we gained a pair video games, and let’s see if we will go on the market right now and repeat what we’ve accomplished the final two days.”

Within the second of three with the Rockies in D.C., the Nationals busted out the bats, with 13 runs on 14 hits in a 13-7 win which gave the ballclub it’s first three-game win streak of the 12 months.

“If I can bottle that I’d be a reasonably, fairly wealthy man. Sadly it’s the way in which the sport goes,” he mentioned, acknowledging the character of the sport, and the up-and-down efficiency of his crew’s offense. “However proper now the most important factor for us is the chases. We’re not chasing as a lot. We simply attempt to get these guys to remain within the zone and never attempt to do an excessive amount of and right now was an ideal instance. The primary man [Rockies’ starter Austin Gomber] we simply tried to get him within the zone, and when he did we hit the ball onerous, so it was a great first recreation right now and we acquired to proceed to do this for the second recreation.”

Sadly, with the way in which the sport is, Nationals’ hitters put simply two runs up on eight hits in a 3-2 loss within the second recreation, going 1 for 16 with runners in scoring place as a crew.

“We simply couldn’t get that large hit, you realize, with guys on base. That’s a part of it,” Martinez mentioned after the loss.

Rockies’ starter Chad Kuhl gave up one run within the first and one other within the sixth, and the Nats put runners on, however as Martinez mentioned, didn’t provide you with the massive hit they wanted.

“[Kuhl] had a great two-seamer working,” the fifth-year skipper mentioned, “however I feel it was extra the slider and the changeup. He had it actually happening right now, and his changeup is just not that a lot totally different than his two-seamer, however it was positively sufficient to maintain us off-balance, and he did it nicely. The slider was actually good. He had good motion on his slider and we swung by means of them loads.”

How will the Nationals do in opposition to Rockies’ left-hander Kyle Freeland right now?