The Washington Nationals went down 9-0 in Thursday’s game with the Miami Marlins, less than a day removed from a team meeting during which the Nats got together and collectively agreed that they needed to step up their play.
By the fourth inning, it certainly seemed like not much had changed as boos rained down from the stands of Nationals Park.
Then, Trea Turner hit a home run, Adam Eaton walked in a run, Turner plated another run, Juan Soto doubled in two more, and Daniel Murphy brought a sixth run home on a sac-fly to make it a 9-6 game in the bottom of the sixth.
In the same inning, the Nationals loaded the bases for Trea Turner, who hit a line-drive that would have likely fallen short in the month of June.
Luckily for the Nats, it was July 5th, and the ball scraped over the fence in left-center field and into the Marlins’ bullpen for a grand slam, sending the fans—only a few hours removed from their booing—into a frenzy, and the Marlins into disbelief.
After the Nationals took a 10-9 lead on Turner’s grand slam, they added on four runs — another two of which came from a Turner single, putting his total RBI on the night at eight.
Trea Turner's 8 RBI are tied for 2nd-most RBI in a game in @Nationals franchise history. Anthony Rendon's 10 RBI (where he also hit 3 HR) on April 30 last season is the franchise record— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6, 2018
We don’t have a choice,” Turner said to MASN’s Dan Kolko. “Right now I think we have to win every game we possibly can, no matter how the game starts.”
July 5, 2018. Otherwise known as "Trea Day." pic.twitter.com/d5Mc4QxfSQ— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) July 6, 2018