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WATCH: Victor Robles snags incredible catch to preserve Nationals' two-run lead in 9th inning

WATCH: Victor Robles snags incredible catch to preserve Nationals' two-run lead in 9th inning

Another day, another web gem for Nationals center fielder Victor Robles.

Washington entered the ninth inning of Thursday's afternoon matinee against the Toronto Blue Jays with a two-run lead. Reliever Daniel Hudson took the mound. After retiring the first Toronto hitter of the ninth, Hudson left a fastball over the middle of the plate to Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire. 

McGuire got a hold of Hudson's fastball, driving it towards the 20-foot wall in right-center field. A double, at the minimum, appeared imminent. 

Instead, Robles sprinted towards the fence, timing his jump perfectly as the ball was about to hit the outfield wall. In an incredible fashion, Robles fully extended to haul in the ball, robbing McGuire off an extra-base hit.

After Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette doubled down the left-field line, Hudson struck out Cavan Biggio for the final out, as Washington would hold on for a 6-4 victory. The Nationals are now 3-4 on the season.

Robles finished second in NL Gold Glove voting a season ago. But if he continues to make catches like this one, it will only a matter of time before he has a Gold Glove or two of his own.

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Trumpets are in and 'Baby Shark' is out for the 2020 Nationals

Trumpets are in and 'Baby Shark' is out for the 2020 Nationals

We may have witnessed the birth of a new movement for the defending World Series champions. 

The air trumpet. 

During a monster game in which he went 3-for-4 with four RBI, Victor Robles broke the trumpet out first when he reached second base on an RBI double in the second inning. After the game, he wore a shirt with a trumpet on it and confirmed that the trumpet would be this year's team celebration, replacing the legendary "Baby Shark" chomp from last year. 

Robles credited Emilio Bonifacio for the idea, an 11-year vet who's now the de facto chemistry guru for the 2020 Nationals. Last year, Gerardo Parra obviously held that title and turned his walkup song, "Baby Shark" into a city's rallying cry during an unforgettable run to a World Series title. 

Apparently Bonifacio has a history of playing trumpet, but he unfortunately did not bring the instrument to the game Saturday. However, Robles said Bonifacio would bring it on Sunday for the Nats' third and final game of their opening series against the Yankees. 

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We saw hints of a new team celebration during the Nationals' preseason scrimmages. Though most of us thought they were playing the flute and the new song might be "Hot Cross Buns."

It'll certainly be difficult to say goodbye to "Baby Shark." I mean, it's on the team's World Series rings. But with Parra playing in Japan and 2020 bringing a new season and different challenges for this team, it was probably time to shake things up. 

So get ready for more air trumpets, and hopefully some actual trumpet play from Bonifacio inside the dugout from time to time. They just need someone to pick a walkup song to go with it. 

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Victor Robles becomes latest Nationals hitter with big home run off a foul pole

Victor Robles becomes latest Nationals hitter with big home run off a foul pole

If any franchise has an affinity for foul poles, it’s the Nationals. Howie Kendrick delivered the biggest hit in team history last October when he hit a line-drive homer off the rightfield foul pole at Minute Maid Park to give Washington a lead it would never relinquish in Game 7 of the World Series.

Two games into the 2020 campaign, the Nationals are back at it again.

This time it was Victor Robles, crushing a two-run shot off New York Yankees reliever Michael King to give Washington a comfortable 5-2 lead in the fourth inning Saturday night.

It was no Kendrick moment, but there’s something about the Nationals and foul poles that seems to work out in their favor.

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