The Washington Nationals really had the bats working on Saturday afternoon.
Texas Rangers starter Nick Tepesch couldn’t control them, and neither could reliever Scott Baker. Tepesch allowed a bomb to Anthony Rendon, while Baker allowed a three-run homer to Adam LaRoche and a two-run homer to Scott Hairston.
You can watch Hairston’s shot below:
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In the bottom of the sixth with one out and one on, Hairston belted an 88-mph fastball on a 1-0 count deep to left field. When it left his bat, everyone watching knew it had the distance. But, would it stay fair? Hairston’s strength to keep the ball fair prevailed over the wind and tail of the ball, giving the Nats a 10-2 lead over the Rangers.
Known for hitting left-handed pitchers extraordinarily well, Hairston showed off his ability to hit righties as well on Saturday.