Washington Nationals Rapid Reactions: Trea Turner Shows Glimpse Of Nats Future
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Turner Provides Lone Nats Run
Last night, Williams put Turner in the number two spot in the batting order for the second straight game. In his last two games, the 22-year-old infielder is 3-for-6 with a run scored, a home run, and RBI. He was 2-for-3 last night with the home run mentioned earlier.
Coming into that at-bat in the top of the sixth, Turner already had a hit against Matt Wisler when he singled to center in the first inning. However, the Nats were not having much success against Wisler as he only allowed one extra-base hit in those first five innings (Ian Desmond leadoff double in the second).
Then, in the top of the sixth, Turner swung at a first pitch fastball and hit it over the wall in left field for a solo home run to tie the game. When you look at Turner’s game, power is not the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s an added bonus when you consider he has made good plays on defense, whether it’s at shortstop or second base like last night, and he has blazing speed on the bases.
Two innings later, Turner stayed patient against former Nats’ pitcher Edwin Jackson and worked a five-pitch walk. Yes, Turner hasn’t had many starts since being called up on August 21, but he does have a .393 on-base percentage in 23 games. While these last five games won’t be what defines Turner going into next season, it gives the Nationals organization and its fans a glimpse into a player who can play a key role down the line.
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