Victor Robles’s seven-game hit streak (over which he was 8 for 25 with 2 doubles) ended on an 0 for 4 night against the Colorado Rockies in the series opener in Coors Field, but the 21-year-old Washington Nationals’ rookie bounced back with a 2 for 5 night on Tuesday, in the Nats’ 6-3 win.
Robles hit a bases-loaded double to right field in the third inning, putting the Nationals up 3-2, and stole third base before scoring on a sac fly to make it 4-2 in what ended up a 6-3 win.
He singled and stole another base in the fifth, his fifth stolen base in six attempts early this season.
On the year, Robles has a .278/.321/.506 line with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs, four walks, and 27 Ks in 85 plate appearances.
“He’s an exciting player,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez told reporters after Tuesday’s win.
“He’s really good when he stays in the middle of the field, he really is. Left-center is the key for him. When he starts hitting the ball to left-center field, he moves the ball all over the ballpark, so he’s doing well, he really is. I want him to just understand just go out there and have fun, and just play the game and do the little things.”
The sneaky power, the speed, and his ability to stir things up were all on display Tuesday night.
“That’s my game,” Robles said, as quoted by MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa.
“It’s a matter of trying to find a way to get on base any way I can so I can score, or if there’s a runner on, try to find a way to get him in. Play the small ball.”
Robles has been in the two-spot in the Nats’ lineup in the last three games, after he hit ninth in 17 of the 18 he started before injuries to Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon forced Martinez to switch things up.
Is it going to be tough to move the young outfielder back to the so-called “second leadoff spot” when everyone is healthy and available again?
“Right now with the injuries to Trea, and Rendon not able to play yet, [Robles] fits the bill right there,” the manager explained, “but we’ll see what happens later on. I liked him in the nine-hole as well, and he was doing really well and he was setting the table for us too in the nine-hole, and getting on base, knocking in some big runs, and just having fun, but right now we’re worried about tomorrow, and he’ll probably end up hitting second again tomorrow.”
Robles is indeed hitting second again as the Nationals try for a series win in Coors Field...