Washington Nationals’ lineup for today’s series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates…

Davey Martinez’s membership went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring place and 10 left on base within the collection opener with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Nationals Park on Monday night time, however then Maikel Franco hit a two-run shot within the eighth to show a 2-1 deficit right into a 3-2 benefit for Washington, and the house staff held on for the win.

“The at-bats undoubtedly bought to get higher with runners on base,” Martinez mentioned after incomes the curly-W.

Nelson Cruz, who’d put collectively a stable 5 for 18 (.278/.350/.556) street journey to Baltimore and Texas, which left him 24 for 85 in 23 video games in June (.282/.371/.494), hit a 409-foot flyout to left area the primary time up, developing simply wanting a three-run residence run, and ended up with an 0 for 4 recreation with seven left on base within the one-run win.

“I can’t sit right here — I do know Nellie hit the ball arduous, I assumed that was a house run once more, didn’t occur, however we bought to have extra high quality at-bats with guys on base,” Martinez reiterated within the quick aftermath of the comeback win.

As he often does, the fifth-year supervisor watched the sport once more in a single day, and he advised reporters, in his pregame press convention earlier than the second of three with the Pirates, he noticed good and unhealthy issues from his offense.

“I checked out it final night time, and a few at-bats have been good, they actually have been. Nelson had some good at-bats, hit the ball arduous,” he defined. “For us generally, situational hitting, for me that’s the most important factor. We get a man at second base, no outs, shut recreation like that 90 ft issues generally, so getting the man over, getting the man in from third base with lower than two outs, issues of that nature. These are issues that we speak about typically, we work on them in BP, we wish to get higher at them. As a result of what, in shut video games like this, these little issues do matter, and I all the time discuss concerning the little issues, and people little issues change into actually large issues in conditions like that.”

As he famous on Monday night time, in fact, a win is a win is a win, which is what he advised his membership.

“Hey, as I advised them, a win is a win is a win is a win, proper? Regardless of the way you do it. I imply, however hold taking part in arduous. That’s what they did tonight. And I’m completely satisfied that they got here by way of and so they did nicely.”

The offense put up simply three runs on six hits in a 3-1 win within the second recreation of the collection, going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring place and 9 left on base, however Yadiel Hernández got here up large with a two-out, two-run double within the eighth for the membership’s solely hit with RISP final night time, but it surely broke up a 1-1 tie and the Nationals held on for the 3-1 win.

Will they make it three-straight over the Pirates this afternoon? Let’s see…