Trea Turner went 139 plate appearances between his first and second home runs of 2018, homering in his second game this season and then again in Thursday’s finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Turner lined a two-run blast out to left off Bucs’ starter Trevor Williams, putting the Nationals up 2-0 in what ended up a 3-1 win.
“I think now that the weather is getting warmer, he’s working great at bats, he’s getting his hits, he’s getting his walks, I think the power will come,” Davey Martinez told reporters after Washington’s fourth straight win over the Pirates.
“Like I’ve said before, he’s a pure hitter, he hits, and he’s going to continue to hit.”
Turner’s now collected hits in six of seven games on the current homestand, going 9 for 27 with two doubles, a home run, four walks, five Ks, and two stolen bases thus far.
One at bat after Turner’s line drive home run, Ryan Zimmerman stepped in against Williams and hit a second solo shot off the right-hander.
It was Zimmerman’s fourth home run in 14 games going back to the start of the Nationals’ road trip to New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He’s gone 14 for 56 (.250/.288/.554) in those games, with three doubles, a triple, and the four home runs, and yesterday’s blast came in the midst of a rough 1 for 14 stretch at the plate in which Zimmerman continued to make solid contact without much to show for it.
“We said, ‘Hey, you want to miss a guy, hit it over the fence, and he did it,” Martinez joked with reporters. “But he’s hitting the ball really good and he’s playing really well.”
The Nationals are playing well as a team too, with wins in five straight overall after the four-game sweep of the Pirates and they’ve won six of their last ten.
Now they take on the Philadelphia Phillies, who are currently 2.0 games ahead of them and 2.0 games out of first in the NL East.