October 4, 2022
Washington Nationals' lineup for the series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers...

In spite of the solid numbers Patrick Corbin put up working with Riley Adams in his previous four starts, Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez went with Keibert Ruiz catching Corbin for the second of three with Milwaukee’s Brewers last night.

“For me, right now our offense is struggling a little bit,” the fifth-year skipper explained, “… so I’m trying to create a little bit more length in our lineup, and by putting Ruiz — and he’s hitting in the six-hole — hopefully he comes up with some guys on base, and it gives us a little bit more length in our lineup.”

Ruiz started the night in the midst of an impressive run, going 15 for 43 (.349 AVG) with four doubles, a home run, seven RBIs, eight walks, and eight runs scored over his previous 12 games, and he’d hit safely in 8 of the 12 and reached safely in 10 of the 12.

“He’s hitting the ball good left-handed and right-handed, he’s swinging the bat really well,” Martinez said. “The biggest thing for me is — he’s been working with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles] about just staying in the middle of the field and just trying to stay back. He puts a lot of balls in play. We’re trying to get him to understand what balls he hits hard, and maybe try to lay off some of the balls, because his bat-to-ball skills are phenomenal.”

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