With hits in six of his last seven games (9 for 16, 2 2B over that stretch), 26-year-old Nationals’ infielder Adrian Sanchez, (a career .264/.306/.351 hitter over 11 seasons in Washington’s system), now has a .313/.333/.375 line (in a small sample size of 35 plate appearances) in 18 games since he was called to the majors for the first time in late June.
In his last two games, Sanchez is 5 for 7 with his first two extra-base hits hitting in the two-spot in the Nationals’ order.
“He’s getting a good pitch to hit,” Dusty Baker said after Sanchez went 2 for 3 in the Nats’ 10-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the nation’s capital last night.
“And I put him in the order ahead of [Bryce Harper], which doesn’t hurt,” Baker joked, “and I know he can hit that fastball.”
Asked about finding some consistency at the plate after his three-hit night against the Fish on Tuesday, Sanchez said he’s been putting in a lot of work since he was called up.
“I’ve been working very hard with our hitting coach, with my hitting, and I’ve been feeling a lot better,” Sanchez said, through a translator.
“He’s a good fundamental player,” Baker added.
“It helps when somebody hits a leadoff double and then I can bunt him over or he can knock him over, but in the situation time of the game, he’s performed well, big time, and he’s still learning and we’re teaching him every day, and he’s a pretty quick learner. And Jacque Jones and Rick Schu and I’ll chip in a few things to try to help in along the way.”
Dusty Baker told reporters last night that he planned on giving Anthony Rendon a day off since the third baseman hadn’t been feeling well this week, so Sanchez is getting another start in the finale with the Fish tonight, this time at third, since Daniel Murphy is back in the lineup.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE FINALE WITH THE MARLINS:
#Nats vs #Marlins 4 of 4: Goodwin CF, Difo SS, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Murphy 2B, Lind LF, Wieters C, Sanchez 3B, Roark RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 10, 2017