Nationals-Mets Series Recap
The Washington Nationals entered a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on a hot streak, having won 7 of 10 to climb back to .500, and were only three games behind the Mets in the division. The team looked to stay hot and close the gap in the division race.
Tuesday’s game started with a bang as Kyle Schwarber continued his hot hitting with his 25th home run of the season, his 16th in June, and his seventh home run to lead off a ballgame already this season. Alfonso Soriano's record of 13 may be in jeopardy. The Nats rode 3 first inning runs and 6 good innings from Joe Ross, in which he gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 7 strikeouts, to a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, it was Trea Turner’s turn to light the spark. The Nats fell behind in the first after a sacrifice fly and a homer from Yandy Diaz, but Washington's offense stayed hot all game. Trea hit a single in the first, a double in the third, a homer in the 4th, and capped it off by flying around the bases for a triple in the 6th to complete the cycle. He became the first player to ever hit for the cycle on his birthday. Furthermore, this cycle was the third of Turner’s career, tying the MLB all-time record for career cycles. The Nats hit the ball all over the yard en route to a 15-6 win.
Washington has won 15 of the last 19 games and this hot streak has propelled them to second in the competitive NL East division. It won’t get any easier, as the Nats welcome the defending champion Dodgers to Nationals park for a three-game series starting Thursday night.