Freddie Freeman tied last night’s game up at 7-7 with a grand slam in the fourth inning, but in the top of the sixth, Trea Turner hit his ninth home run of the season out to center to put the Nationals on top, 8-7, in what ended up a 10-9 win. Turner’s home run, coming when it did, after the Braves rallied to tie the game, provided a boost for a team that hasn’t had all that much luck over the last few weeks, which saw them lose seven straight and 10 of 11.
“He’s been unbelievable this year,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said after Turner’s 2 for 4 game left him with a .370 AVG on the season. “He gets up there and he does what he does, he makes sure he puts the ball in play hard. It was a big lift for us, because we battled to get where we were, we gave a lead back, tie, and he comes up there and hits a home run, so to me that was huge.”
“Just felt good to put up a bunch of runs and have everyone contribute,” Turner said, talking about the team effort first, before discussing his own home run. “I feel like that was one of the first games that the lineup from top to bottom has been really solid and really good. And we put up quite a bit of runs, so that’s first and foremost and I was happy to see, but as far as the hit, just got a good pitch in the zone and didn’t miss it. And happy to give us a chance to win because we’ve been scuffling pretty bad and we ended up holding on and hopefully we can get the ball rolling.”
It was only one win, of course, and their first since they beat the Boston Red Sox last Friday in Fenway Park, but a win is a win is a win.
“You’ve got to start somewhere,” Turner said, “so getting one of these games today is huge.
“You never know when, you never know how, you just got to take them when you can and build off of it and come back ready tomorrow and try to do the same thing.”
“I’m happy for our club, I really am,” Martinez said.
“Like I said, they battled, they battled all night long and it’s good, it felt good to get back on the board with a win, and let’s come back tomorrow and go 1-0 tomorrow.”