Brian Dozier and Matt Adams provided the pre-4th of July fireworks last night, with Dozier hitting a two-run home run in the sixth to put the Nationals up 2-0, and Adams hitting one out in the eighth to give the home team some breathing room in what ended up a 3-1 win for Washington.
Dozier went 2 for 3 with a double, the home run, and a walk, reaching base in three of his four plate appearances on the night. Adams, who homered off Wei-Yin Chen last week in Miami, got Chen again last night in the nation’s capital.
The homers were each hitters’ 13th of the 2019 campaign.
For Adams, it was his 12th extra base hit (9 HRs, 3 doubles) in his last 19 starts.
Dozier’s hit six of his 13 HRs on the season since June 1st.
“Like I’ve said,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nationals’ seventh win in the last eight and 25th in the last 35, “... since the first six weeks of the season [Dozier has] been really good. Huge home run, hit a breaking ball, but he’s been good, really good, and his defense, as we all know, is good, so I like watching him play, he’s fun, he’s another one of those veteran guys that goes out there and likes to have fun, and he’s a pretty good dancer, so I hope he keeps dancing.”
Ummmm, is he a good dancer though? We’ll likely jinx it by mentioning it, but Dozier’s home run last night made it 17-straight games in which at least one Nationals’ batter has hit a HR.
Also, as noted below, Juan Soto has reached base in each of those 17 games.
So... did either Dozier or Adams earn another start in today’s series finale with the Marlins, who are sending righty Elieser Hernandez our there?
Dozier’s in. Adams sits (or comes off the bench with his big bat). Ryan Zimmerman’s in at first base this morning. Oh, and the game starts at 11:00 AM. Just a reminder.
TODAY’S GAME STARTS AT 11:00 AM!!!
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ 4TH OF JULY LINEUP VS THE MARLINS:
Juan Soto has reached base safely in 17 straight games.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 4, 2019
Juan Soto has 3 such streaks of 16+ games in 2019.
Juan Soto is the only @MLB player to do that.
Juan Soto has an OBP of .458 since May 17.
(That's the best in baseball during that stretch.)#ChildishBambino // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/3A1bILc9u4