WASHINGTON – After losing three consecutive games, the World Series champions Washington Nationals are tied 1-4. generally? Not a big deal. But it matters more in the 60-game, epidemic-short season.
Recalling slogger Juan Soto, he made a total of four runs during the skid, including a 5–1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, including two outfielders run by Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr., two errors, second baseman Starlene Castro. Scored three unearned runs and hit for Washington after a third inning.
“In a long season, you get time to realize these things,” said Nationals shortstop Trey Turner, who was caught stealing in the sixth, one of Goughs manager Dave Martinez later noted. “Now it’s definitely increased.”
There is no doubt that the absence of Soto is a big thing. He is out since Opening Day due to a positive COVID-19 test.
“We definitely miss him,” Turner said, “and we need him.”
Martinez agrees, but he also wanted to separate the scoring issues, as he put it, “hitting to come and go.”
The more worrying thing for a captain is that there were other problems with the 19-31 mark in 2019 after starting this club.
He said, “Overall game. Defense. The baserunning. We’ve got cleanliness. We have to play better.” “We’ve started playing better. Can’t make those mental mistakes. Those are mental mistakes for me. And we’ll get through that. Sometimes when you’re trying to make something, things happen, you turn. Looks or gets ahead., Just trying to do something aggressively. I want these people to just relax and play baseball. Just have some fun. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.