Dave Martinez’s theatrical exit brought life to Washington’s bats Thursday, sparking a late rally against the New York Mets.
Nothing seems to be able to solve the club’s bullpen woes, though, and that has the Nationals’ second-year manager working from a wobbly seat.
Martinez was ejected in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Mets, making quite a scene at the onset of a three-run comeback by the Nats that was undone by yet another blown save.
Plate umpire Bruce Dreckman rang up Washington’s Howie Kendrick for a strikeout as he tried to check his swing; Dreckman then tossed the veteran player. Martinez charged from the dugout, spiked his hat and kicked dirt on home plate during an extended, heated argument.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
“I just didn’t think [Kendrick] swung,” Martinez said. “We just got into it. All I did was tell [Dreckman] to ask for help. That’s why the first-base umpire is there. He didn’t like it.”
Washington trailed 3-1 at the time and had already lost four in a row. Immediately after Martinez got ejected, the Nationals rallied for three runs against Robert Gsellman (1-0), a spurt capped by Gerardo Parra’s pinch-hit, two-run single for a 4-3 lead.
The Nats’ bullpen blew it in New York’s final at-bat for the third straight game. This time, Wander Suero (1-4) allowed a three-run, eighth-inning homer to Carlos Gomez before Washington went down 1-2-3 against closer Edwin Diaz for his 12th save.
After opening the season with postseason aspirations, the Nats fell to 19-31, a record better than only the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
Asked who was culpable for that start, Martinez said, “You can’t put a blame on one thing. You really can’t. This is a team thing.”
Veteran infielder Brian Dozier agreed, and he was brief when asked about Martinez’s job security.
“He’s a hell of a manager,” Dozier said. “I got his back any day.”
Martinez also defended a baserunning blunder by Dozier, one of several fundamental mistakes by Washington. Dozier scored Juan Soto with a bunt in the sixth inning on a strange play where Mets second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria dived and flipped the ball over first baseman Pete Alonso’s head.
Dozier took second, walked a bit toward third while Mets pitcher Steven Matz scooped up the ball, then took off for third. Matz seemed startled for a moment, then threw to third to easily retire Dozier.