By Hannah Sterling

The Nats lost to the Yanks 4-1 and Aníbal Sánchez allowed four solo home runs.

Two running mistakes cut down would-be rallies and the offense left nine runners on base.

They are now 1-3, or, in a 162-game season, 3-8. Juan Soto is still not back. Stephen Strasburg’s ability to make his next start is still in doubt. This is not panic. It’s also not a good start.

“The game’s fast up here, so you’re constantly playing catch up,” Davey Martinez said. “These guys, it’s going to take them a few games, but as you can see, [Monday] swung the bats well. The game is definitely a lot faster now. They’re competing…. We’ve just got to clean it up a little bit.”

Eric Thames and Victor Robles made baserunning mistakes. Thames should have gone halfway on a deep fly ball to center field. Instead, he went back to the bag to tag up. Robles started moving on a line drive which was caught. He was instantly doubled off.

“We need to tighten that up,” Martinez said.

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