The positive is that the Nationals battled back from a four-run deficit and squared tonight’s game with the Marlins, giving themselves a chance to earn a big comeback win.
The negative is that once the game was tied, the Nats squandered a couple of golden opportunities, left 15 men on base in all, and leave Nationals Park with a tough 8-4 loss in 10 innings.
Here’s manager Matt Williams after the loss:
On how frustrating it was to not score in the eighth after loading the bases with nobody out: “It’s frustrating. Everybody’s frustrated by it, but there’s nothing we can do about it now except prepare for Friday. Certainly to have a chance like we had with the bases loaded, nobody out, you want to score that run. Didn’t happen tonight. So we’ll keep pushing. Keep playing hard. They battled back, tied it. Just couldn’t get it done.”
On if he sees his guys pressing in those spots, trying to do too much: “I don’t know. I think Anthony (Rendon) had a pretty good at-bat. Fouled off a number of pitches. Jayson (Werth) got a pitch to hit and popped it up. It’s a good pitch to hit. And Rochie (Adam LaRoche) battled an at-bat. He fouled off a few and ended up grounding out, but sometimes that’s the way the game goes. You never want it to go that way, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. The fact that we came back to tie it is a really good thing. The fact we had that opportunity is a really good thing. It just didn’t happen.”
On the attitude in the clubhouse right now: “I think it’s fine. It’s never easy to lose, and this stretch has been a tough one, but the attitude is there and it’s good. We wouldn’t be able to come back tonight if it’s not. I’m happy about that. Unfortunately, we’re in the results business, so if the result is not what we want it to be, it’s not a good thing. But I’m proud of the way they continue to hang in there and battle. Didn’t happen tonight for us.”
On Wilson Ramos getting thrown out at second, trying to stretch a single into a double in the ninth: “(Giancarlo Stanton’s) going to the line. It’s an in-between bounce for him, and he turned around and made a perfect throw. You can’t take that aggressiveness away from them and say that’s not a good play. He’s going away from the base and he turned around and made a good throw.”
On if he sees any trends lately from Jordan Zimmermann, who allowed four runs in five innings and now has a 4.07 ERA: “No. We could’ve left him in that game, but I wanted to see if we could get back in it, so we ended up pinch-hitting for him. Didn’t have to. No. The ball’s up in the strike zone a little bit. That’s what I can see. He’s aggressive, he’s throwing strikes, he’s not walking a bunch of people. They put together some nice at-bats. If anything, it’s just a little elevated. And it varies from inning to inning sometimes. But I’m not worried about him. His velocity is good, his bullpens have been great. So I don’t see any trend other than tonight he left a couple balls up and they took advantage of it.”
On if Zimmermann has said anything about a physical issue: “No, he says he feels great.”