Nats turns the page, hello Blok Voight and Mackenzie Gore


PHILADELPHIA – And so it was in Citizens Bank Park, on a Thursday evening that I felt like a bowl of hot soup, that the citizens of Washington took a small step forward. And there to push them were Mackenzie Gore and Luke Voight, both not very recent from the West Coast, having just traded from a contender to the worst team in baseball.

But for the Citizens, do you see just two of the six players they got from San Diego Padres for Juan Soto and Josh Bale? It was something if not a lot. Once Gore and Voight adapted, the Nationals fell to Phillies, 5-4, in an official match that was called up five rounds later after a two-hour weather delay.

“It was fantastic,” said manager Dave Martinez of his first conversations with Gore and Voight. “Just give them a little bit of what we’re doing here and what we’re trying to do. [told them] How they both fit really well.”

Gore, a left-handed player, is 23 and has been a key part of the distance from San Diego. To move Soto, the Nationals are set to receive him, short-lived CJ Abrams and defensive backs Robert Hassell III and James Wood. General Manager Mike Rizzo called them the “Elite Four” at a press conference on Tuesday. Gore, the type who craves frontline risotto, was this year’s front-runner after posting 1.71 ERAs during the month of May. Now he is on the list of people with elbow inflammation and is not expected to throw up for at least another seven to 10 days.

Citizens vow to deal with it very slowly. A share of the rebuilding is about how Gore healed and evolved.

“When I was dealing with this, I wasn’t very good,” said Gore, whose ERA rose to 4.50 after 16 appearances before hitting the shelf. “I need to improve so that I can get back to doing well.”

On the other hand, Voit was activated on Tuesday and immediately became the most hitter in the lineup. He leads the Patriots (37-71) with 13 Homer and .739 on a plus lag basis, just above Yadiel Hernandez and Luis García. Voit wasn’t a major component of the mega deal, but he tried it out once Eric Hosmer refused to waive the no-trade clause. At the age of 31, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Padres and now Nationals, starting from the start and hitting third against the Phillies and Noah Sendergaard. Martinez plans to split Voight’s regular starts between the first hitter and the set hitter.

In the first half, Voit dumped an RBI single to the left, hitting a low and far bend. In the fourth, he hit one from the right field wall, stopping because he bounced back to Nick Castellanos and Voight wasn’t the fastest runner. He is listed at 6 feet 3 and 255 pounds. Through his locker at the visitors club, two booths from where Gore wore his workout clothes, Voit promised to meet some of his new teammates in the weight room.

Despite a few laughs, Voight wasn’t joking. The undone buttons at the top of his warm shirt are proof of that.

“I know everything about Soto is a big thing and fans will miss it,” Voight said before helping Nationals tag Syndergaard on 11 songs. He was joined in this effort by Victor Robles (single, double), Garcia (single), Yadiel Hernandez (single), Kibert Ruiz (single), Lynne Thomas (single), Michael Franco (single) and Cesar Hernandez (single) led in Franco. per second).

When the rain delay began at 8:47 p.m., Washington had just pulled out in one run after Voight scored at Syndergaard Stadium for fifth. The half ended with Josh Palacios hitting a volley to the right, Gary Desarsena sending Yadiel Hernandez out of third and Castellanos clearing him by two steps. National team player Paulo Espino yielded five runs on seven strokes, including Alec Bom’s three-stroke shot in the fourth inning.

“But obviously there’s a lot of money left out next season and signing with a group of players instead of just one,” Voight continued. “This is the first time I’ve been on a losing team somewhat since I was in college…so it’s a little different.”

It is not expected that their arrival will lead to the rise of the rankings. That ship has sailed long ago for the season. If Voit builds on his strong start for the first time, it will be a bonus for him and a weak club on solid track records. If Gore plays in the final two months of the year, it would be a great sign for his elbow, especially since Martinez and Rizzo have stressed their patience in rehab.

For one night though, they didn’t have to light a fire or have a clean bill of health. They just had to show up.

What did Martinez do by losing in five games? “I was shocked. We had some really good positive energy there and we were playing bat really well,” Martinez said. “But you can’t do anything about Mother Nature. I mean if it’s going to rain, it’s going to rain. We tried to wait as long as possible. It’s eleven now, so they hit the game.”

And what did Martinez think of sending Desarcena Hernandez to fifth? “We hit the ball there, but the throw was just right for the money,” Martinez said of Desarcena’s sending Hernandez in the fifth game. “That’s what happens in those situations….we took a shot, and… so [Castellanos] He throws the ball poorly, and we tie the game. But he made a really good throw.”