With a double in his third at bat last night, Victor Robles extended his hitting streak to nine-straight games, over which the 22-year-old outfielder is now (after his 2 for 4 game on Friday night), 13 for 36 (.361/.378/.639) with four doubles and two home runs. Robles has hits in 17 of his last 19 games as well.
“Robles crushed the ball,” Davey Martinez said of the 97 MPH 2-1 fastball the outfielder hit to left-center off Braves’ closer Luke Jackson.
“That was an unbelievable home run, really good swing, and like I’ve said, these guys they never give up, they fight, they keep fighting.”
Robles told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, that he was just trying to get on base and keep the inning alive.
“I’m just trying to find a way to get on base any way I can. Fortunately those big hits have been coming my way.”
“He has the poise,” Martinez said of Robles coming up big in big spots. “He’s a kid, he loves the game, and he likes big moments, and he’s proven that.”
Last night’s was his 14th home run of the 2019 campaign, and the third go-ahead or game-tying home run of the season.
“He plays the game, the whole game,” Martinez said last month (after Robles hit a home run, a single, and threw out a runner at home).
“He’s a young player, loves to play, and he’s been playing well,” the manager added.
“The home run, as we all know, he’s got pop. We want his at bats to be consistent, and he’s working on that diligently, and not really trying to think about hitting home runs, just try to stay in the middle of the field and hit line drives.”
Whatever he’s doing, it’s been working. Especially against the Braves. Robles is now 7 for 21 (.333/.417/.667) with two doubles, a triple, and a home run in seven games this season, with a .313/.371/.594 line against the Nationals’ NL East rivals overall in the first three years in the majors.
What will Robles do tonight?