Bullpen Day To Finish “First Half”:
Davey Martinez talked after Saturday’s loss, the Nationals’ ninth straight total, and ninth in a row to the Braves, in regards to the points and the accidents which left Washington going with their relievers in a bullpen sport for Sunday’s sequence finale with Atlanta in D.C.
“It’s been powerful,” the fifth-year supervisor stated. “Among the guys we thought have been going to come back again and assist us all through the center of the season, it didn’t occur. A few of our youthful guys are getting a possibility to pitch. Josiah [Gray], who’s finished nicely. We had Jackson [Tetreault] up right here, he did nicely until he received harm. So we’re working by some issues, however we nonetheless received some actually younger pitchers which can be doing nicely within the minor leagues that ought to be knocking on the door right here pretty quickly, we simply received to develop them slightly bit extra, however I’m enthusiastic about that.”
However within the first-half finale, the membership went with versatile right-hander Erasmo Ramírez in his second begin of the season after he was a fill in for Josiah Grey earlier this 12 months.
“He’s a man that may give us 2-3 innings,” Martinez stated of the 32-year-old, 11-year veteran, who began the day with a 3.52 ERA and a .293/.331/.447 line towards over 38 1⁄3 IP out of the bullpen.
“He matches up nicely with left or proper, so we’re going to go along with him and we’ll see how far he can take us.”
Ramírez gave the Nationals three scoreless innings, on simply 39 pitches, and left the sport with a 4-0 lead.
Earlier than the first-half finale on Sunday, the Nationals referred to as righty Corey Abbott again up and optioned hard-throwing reliever Hunter Harvey to Triple-A Rochester an evening after he gave up two hits, a stroll, and two runs in an inning of labor in a 6-3 loss to the Braves. However because the Nats’ skipper defined earlier than yesterday’s sport, it was as a lot about getting some extra size within the bullpen because it was Harvey’s continued growth.
“We recalled Abbott, and we optioned Harvey down. So, Abbott provides us a bunch of size that we want,” Martinez stated.
Harvey, 27, landed on the IL early this season, with a proper pronator pressure, and he returned and made three appearances in 4 days earlier than he was optioned out.
“He’s simply one other man — similar to [Mason] Thompson, he’s been a man that’s been injured,” the supervisor stated, “simply type of go down there, he’s received 4 days off arising, and simply type of give him slightly breather, and get him again — need him to really pitch a number of innings, work slightly bit on his breaking ball slightly bit extra, after which we’ll get him again up right here as quickly as we are able to.”
Nelson Cruz Sits With Quad Problem Once more:
Nelson Cruz left the second sport of 4 with the Braves within the sixth on Friday night time, with a left quad subject, and he wasn’t within the beginning lineup for Saturday afternoon’s sport.
Davey Martinez defined earlier than the third of 4 within the sequence they are going to be cautious with the recently-turned 42-year-old, 18-year veteran, particularly with the All-Star Break arising.
“I wish to ensure that he’s wholesome and comes out of this with out every other points,” the fifth-year skipper stated.
“However he’s been sensible, this complete 12 months with me and telling me how his physique feels, so if he’s accessible to pinch hit I’ll use him after which hopefully tomorrow we’ll see how he feels.”
Cruz pinch hit on Saturday, and he didn’t begin on Sunday both.
“Nelson remains to be — he’s day-to-day — so we’re hoping that after the break he can get again to DH, however he’s going to attempt to be accessible right this moment to pinch hit if we want him.”
Martinez advised reporters he hoped the offense may finish the first-half on a excessive be aware within the finale with Atlanta within the nation’s capital.
“Let’s attempt to rating some runs right this moment and go away the break with a curly-W,” he stated.
“That’s the aim. So like I stated, we put some good at-bats collectively, we hit the ball onerous, we’ve received to begin doing it although with guys on base, guys in scoring place.”
Ehire Adrianza (2-run single) and Victor Robles (2-run HR) offered some early offense for the Nationals, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the second and went on to snap their nine-game shedding streak(s) (total and to the Braves) with a 7-3 win.