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Nationals tie club record with stunning home run barrage vs. Brewers

Nationals tie club record with stunning home run barrage vs. Brewers

Sunday's matinee against the Milwaukee Brewers did not disappoint for fans in attendance.

With eight total home runs on the afternoon, the Nationals tied the franchise record for most in a game.

The Nationals dissected the Brewers in the series finale and almost made history in another department.

With seven home runs mashed in the first five innings, the Nats were just one away from tying the all-time record of eight.  

Most of the Nationals are probably aware of this record because it was set just two years ago, by them, against the same team they beat today, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Matt Adams started off the festivities with a 438-foot bomb (1) to right-center in the top of the first.

Victor Robles followed that up with 429-footer (2) out to center before the first concluded.

In the third inning, Brian Dozier sent one out 381 feet (3) and then Anthony Rendon decided to match him with a 381-footer (4) of his own.

Juan Soto mashed his first homer of the day to close out the third with a 360-footer (5).

Adam Eaton decided to get in on the fun in the fifth inning after launching one out 415 feet (6) to center field before Soto decided to send another out in the fifth, just a little bit farther than his initial homer of the afternoon, with a 367-foot bomb (7).

Finally, at the bottom of the eighth, Dozier decided he wanted to have a multi-HR game too and sent one out 411 feet (8).

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SEE IT: Nationals players finally receive their World Series rings

SEE IT: Nationals players finally receive their World Series rings

The day came about three months later than we expected, but Nationals players finally received their 2019 World Series Championship rings Thursday.

Patrick Corbin and Adam Eaton were the first to share their new jewelry on Instagram.

"I don't think that's going to fit on my finger!" Eaton said right after he opened the ring box. 

The Nationals originally planned to hold a virtual ring ceremony to give fans and players a chance to enjoy such a momentous moment, but they later altered that plan following feedback from the players. Instead, they decided to unveil their championship rings. 

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The 2020 season was delayed before it could begin thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, preventing the Nationals from holding a proper ring ceremony and banner unveiling in front of a sold-out Nats Park.

With two weeks to go before a 60-game regular-season schedule begins, the team has reconnected to get ready for an abbreviated title defense. Under the circumstances, this was the time to do it. 

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Carter Kieboom is now focused on keeping his job

Carter Kieboom is now focused on keeping his job

Carter Kieboom was back in a batter’s box Wednesday to face Max Scherzer. He faced him once before, back at spring training in 2017, and struck out. How did it go Wednesday?

“Same outcome,” Kieboom said with a smile.

He’s able to laugh in the moment as the Major League Baseball season resumes. Kieboom is the starting third baseman for the defending World Series champions. Being granted the position is the first step in the 22-year-old’s full-time work in Major League Baseball. He was an injury replacement at shortstop for an 11-game spell last season. This year, he’s mandated with taking over the spot vacated when a 2019 MVP finalist moved on.

In spring training, the third base job was part of a competition between Kieboom and AsdrĂșbal Cabrera. Martinez gave the job to Kieboom to start “Summer Camp.” When he received the news, Kieboom had a singular thought: “Keep the job.”

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To do so, all aspects of his game at the major-league level need to improve. That, of course, is a general expectation of anyone entering their first starting position in the big leagues. Kieboom’s small, bumpy, sample size of work from last season will either end up harbinger or outlier. The Nationals suspect it’s the latter.

Primary among his development is his defense. In particular, his footwork at third base. Kieboom practiced individually at home from mid-March, when spring training ended, until work in Washington resumed this week. His preference would have been to be playing actual games, but he thinks the time to relentlessly drill could end up being beneficial.

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"I totally agree with that,” Kieboom said. “I think it's very easy to kind of throw the towel in and get frustrated that you're so close to a season and it all gets washed away the way it did. It kind of was a blessing in disguise because I found some things I was doing in spring training I didn't really care for from the offensive side and the defensive side. I can continue to work on those. Footwork, I have to keep working on my footwork. It bought me some more time to keep working on that, hone that craft. And offensively the same thing, I got to make some adjustments and kind of go back to the drawing board at home and work on those things."

His time now is limited. The season is two weeks away. The Nationals lost their Monday workout window. They were able to face live pitching Wednesday. Thursday will be a quiet day. Friday will resume full workouts. Next Monday, practices will shift to the evenings, one more small step toward emulating the rapidly-approaching season.

Then, eventually on July 23, Carter Kieboom will be standing at third base.

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