The Nationals entered Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-game scoreless streak, racking up 18 straight innings without putting a run across the plate.
Washington finally ended the drought in the third inning Thursday. Shortstop Trea Turner came up to bat with a runner on second and two outs while the Nationals trailed 2-0. He tied the game with one swing of the bat, but the ball never actually left the yard.
It was the first inside-the-park home run of his career for Turner, who went into Thursday’s game with an NL-best .358 batting average and a 1.028 OPS.
While the Nationals’ offense has largely underperformed this season, Turner has been putting together a career year over his first 35 games. His inside-the-park home run is only the latest in a series of impressive performances he’s had in 2020.