Trea Turner was just 6 for 52 (.115/.164/.192) with a double, a home run, three walks, and 14 Ks in his previous 14 games before last night’s three-hit matchup against the Marlins in Miami, which saw the 25-year-old shortstop finish a double shy of the cycle in Washington’s 10-3 win over the Fish.
“It’s nice to contribute to a win, and it was a good game for us,” the Nationals’ shortstop told MASN’s Dan Kolko afterwards.
“I feel like I’ve been close all year to being pretty good,” Turner said when asked about his recent struggles at the plate, “and it seems to just go kind of in and out, and I have a good game and a bad game, and whatever it may be. I just want to be more consistent, and I came to the ballpark today to try to work on some things and brought it into the game and it worked out well.”
Turner finished the night on Thursday with a .264/.337/.411 line, 15 doubles, three triples, and 13 home runs in 102 games and 455 plate appearances, over which the infielder has walked 42 times, struck out 86 times, and stolen 22 bases.
Last night’s was Turner’s first multi-hit game since July 6th. His manager liked what he saw from the infielder at the plate.
“I think he just got ready early and he really stayed on the fastballs,” Davey Martinez said.
Turner singled to left, homered to left-center, hitting Red Grooms’ psychedelic home run sculpture, then tripled into the right field corner, spreading his hits around.
“He’s really good when he just tries to go up there and hit fastballs, and uses the whole field,” Martinez added.
“That ball he hit to left-center and right field, that’s what he should be doing.”
If he can do it again tonight, Turner could help the Nats as they try to convince the front office in D.C. not to blow things up on the season.