Nationals eye uncommon 3-game win streak, face Mariners subsequent

The Washington Nationals will attempt to match their longest successful streak of the season Monday evening in opposition to the host Seattle Mariners

The Nationals, who’re in final place within the Nationwide League East, have received consecutive video games simply 9 occasions this season. Their solely three-game successful streak got here at residence Could 2-4 in opposition to the Chicago Cubs

After dropping 13-3 on Friday at San Diego, the Nationals posted 2-0 and 8-3 victories over the weekend. Lane Thomas and Jeimer Candelario hit solo homers on Saturday, and Candelario added a double and a homer in going 3-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday

“These guys have been hitting the duvet off the ball all season,” Nationals pitcher Josiah Grey stated. “Hopefully, these guys proceed to have success.

Thomas leads the Nationals‘ regulars with a .295 batting common and 13 residence runs and is tied for the group lead with 39 RBIs. Candelario is batting .261 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs

“I can not say sufficient about Lane,” Nationals supervisor Dave Martinez stated. “I maintain saying this: ‘If he retains doing what he is doing, to me, he is an All-Star.’ He actually is

“He is taking part in very well within the subject. He is knocking in large runs, hitting residence runs for us. And Jeimer’s simply been regular — hitting the ball and taking part in good protection for us, as effectively. When these two guys get going to hit some residence runs, we’ll rating some runs.”

The Mariners return residence after a 2-4 journey to New York and Baltimore. They scored 10 runs within the finale in opposition to the Yankees after which 13 within the their first sport in opposition to the Orioles earlier than dropping the subsequent two video games

Seattle continues to battle to fabricate runs. The Mariners hit 4 solo homers in a 6-4 loss in 10 innings on Saturday, and their solely runs in a 3-2 loss on Sunday got here on Cal Raleigh’s two-run shot onto Eutaw Avenue past the right-field wall at Camden Yards

“We do have a number of baseball left,” stated Mariners supervisor Scott Servais, whose group is 4 1/2 video games again within the American League’s wild-card race

The three hits and 5 baserunners the Mariners had Sunday tied their season lows, they usually have been held to 2 or fewer runs for the seventeenth time

“Exterior of (Sunday) and getting shut down, I do assume we’re trending in the best approach offensively, and I do not assume you may simply throw it within the trash as a result of you could have a tough day. You need to stick with it,” Servais stated. “Now we have a homestand developing, and we have to proceed to swing the bats like we did in the course of this journey as a result of it is in there. We’re able to doing it. It simply must be constant.”

The Nationals‘ Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to begin Monday in opposition to Seattle’s Luis Castillo (4-6, 2.89) in a matchup of veteran right-handers

Williams is coming off a 3-0 victory in opposition to visiting St. Louis on Wednesday wherein he allowed 5 hits over six innings, with no walks and 4 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 over his previous three begins. This would be the first time Williams has confronted Seattle in his eight-year profession.

Castillo is 0-5 with a 4.81 ERA in six profession begins in opposition to the Nationals

Castillo, the Mariners‘ ace, has misplaced all 4 of his begins this month regardless of a good 3.42 ERA. He took a 4-2 defeat Wednesday in opposition to the Yankees, permitting three runs on 4 hits over 5 innings, with 4 walks and three strikeouts

–Discipline Stage Media