Adam LaRoche‘s two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday had more significance than just marking the first-baseman’s return from a mild oblique injury. In fact, it was a milestone in team history.
The Nationals say LaRoche’s shot to deep center in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park was the team’s 1,000th since beginning play in the nation’s capital in 2005. LaRoche is one of 76 different players to homer in a Nationals uniform. Not surprisingly, Ryan Zimmerman tops the team’s home run list, with 129 for his career. Adam Dunn is second with 70. Michael Morse (49), Nick Johnson (49) and Alfonso Soriano (46) round out the top five.