Five different Nationals left the yard in the first five innings of Washington’s series opener with the Miami Marlins on Monday night.
Usual suspects Juan Soto, Trea Turner and Josh Bell each added to their yearly totals. Rookie catcher Tres Barrera collected the first long ball of his career. Yet most surprisingly, pitcher Jon Lester got in on the fun with a 419-foot homer to straightaway center field as well.
It was just the fourth home run of Lester’s career and his first since July 13, 2019, when he was still a member of the Chicago Cubs. At 37 years, 193 days old, Lester became the oldest pitcher since Bartolo Colón (5/7/2016) to hit a homer in a regular season game.
Not only did Lester get it done at the plate, he handled business on the mound too. The veteran lefty tossed seven innings of scoreless baseball, allowing six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in easily his best performance of the season.