Kyle Schwarber and the Nationals are on fire and no opposing pitcher is safe.
Washington entered Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays having scored five or more runs in six of their last nine games. On a planet of his own, Schwarber had 15 home runs in his previous 17 games to tie an MLB record. Their victim this time? Rays starter Rich Hill.
Hill had been enjoying a solid season with a 3.52 ERA and 78 strikeouts to 29 walks over 15 starts. However, Schwarber greeted him by sending his first pitch of the evening into the second deck in right field for his 16th homer in 18 games — tying another MLB record.
The Nationals weren’t done there. After Trea Turner ripped a double to center field, Juan Soto followed with a two-run shot. An inning later, Victor Robles crushed his first long ball of the year to give Washington a 4-0 before recording its fourth out.
All three of the Nationals’ outfielders left the yard, leaving Hill pretty frustrated by the time he returned to the dugout.
As fiery as those bat slams were, Hill’s snot rocket really stole the show there. He shouldn’t take it personally, though. No one has been able to stop Schwarber or the Nationals lately.