Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with two Ks in the Washington Nationals’ 5-1 loss to New York’s Mets in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader in D.C., but he came up big in the Nats’ win in the nightcap, with two home runs, a solo shot and a three-run blast, in the 6-2 victory.
The two blasts were Schwarber’s 14th and 15th this season, and his 5th and 6th in the last nine games, three of them in the first at bats of the game since he’s moved to the leadoff spot in the Nationals’ lineup.
“Kyle hits a first inning homer basically every day,” teammate Trea Turner joked after the win in the second game on Saturday, “it’s a nice start, and then we just got to build off that, and continue to get guys on base.”
“Kyle starts off the game like that I think it gives us a little more confidence and we can go up to our at bats and have a little bit more confidence in ourselves,” Turner added.
Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez, who helped the catcher-turned-outfielder adjust to left field when he first came up with the Cubs, and Martinez was a coach in Chicago, talked to reporters after the second of two in D.C. on Saturday, about what he’s seen from Schwarber at the plate during his recent run.
“He’s getting ready on time and when he goes through this stretch,” Martinez said, “I’ve seen him go through stretches like this before, and when he’s back, and has everything behind his swing, he can hit them a long way, I mean, that ball he hit to center field today was crushed. So, I mean, he’s getting ready early, he’s putting good swings on all the baseballs, and the other thing is he’s staying on top of the ball really well, and that’s something that I know he’s working with [Hitting Coach Kevin Long] on every day, is to make sure — he tries to hit the top half of the baseball, and when he does that, he backspins the ball and they go a long way.”
Schwarber told reporters that what we’re all seeing now is the result of a lot hard work in the cage and in BP.
“I believe in just the consistent work in the cage, with Kevin Long and [Assistant Hitting Coach] Pat Roessler, just going in there every day and keeping the same routine, and really pounding it in on what I’m trying to do, and keeping it simple every day and not trying to over-complicate things, and just letting it — just taking that feeling out to the game, I think that’s been big.”
Will Schwarber hit another one in this afternoon’s series finale with the Mets?