Trea Turner Drives in 7 and Hits for Cycle

Photo: @Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals defeated the Rockies with a football-like score of 15-12. Like my colleague Matthew Jacobson said in his gamer on the first game of the series, no matter how good of a pitcher you are you’ll have a tough time in this hitter’s yard.

This one began with an hour and five minute rain delay. In the top of the first, Trea Turner got the hitting clinic started with a single and Bryce Harper hit a double into right field to bring Turner home thanks to a throwing error by Carlos Gonzalez. Daniel Murphy followed with a single that scored Harper. Speaking of Turner, he would go on to have an incredible night in his young career.

Turner contiued his impressive night at the plate in the second with an RBI double to the left field wall that scored starting pitcher Joe Ross as well as Adam Eaton. Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each drew a walk and Daniel Murphy brought all three runners home with a bases-clearing triple to put the Nationals up 7-0.

In the bottom of the second, Gonzalez hit a solo shot over the right-centerfield wall. In the third, Charlie Blackmon singled into right field to score Tony Wolters. The Nats would get one of those runs back in the top of the fourth with an RBI single by Murphy into center field that scored Zimmerman. Murphy would finish the night with three hits and five RBI’s.

In the bottom of the fourth, Mark Reynolds homered over the centerfield fence to make it an 8-3 game. The Rockies got two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. DJ LeMahieu doubled into right field to score Blackmon. LeMahieu would come home later with a double into right field by Nolan Arenado that closed the gap to 8-5.

In the sixth and the seventh the Nats’ bats awoke. Turner smacked a two run homer over the big scoreboard in right field during the sixth inning, putting him a triple away from history (more on that later). In the seventh, the Nats loaded the bases and Eaton reached on a throwing error to second base. That allowed Anthony Rendon to touch home plate. The fastest man in DC would complete the cycle by clearing the bases and hustling to third for the triple, becoming the third player in Nationals history to accomplish that feat.

Turner (23 years, 300 days) also finished the night with seven RBI’s (a career high) and is the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Mike Trout (21 years, 287 days) did it in 2013.

The Nats rounded out the scoring with an RBI groundout by Harper that scored Turner form third base. Even though the Nationals had a 15-5 lead, no lead is safe at Coors Field. The Rockies stormed back with two runs in the seventh, four in the eighth and one in the ninth. That was all they could muster as the Nats prevailed 15-12. These teams will meet again tonight for the third game of the series at 8:40 p.m.



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