Rendon Keeps Nats In Ballgame
After a slow start to his 2016 season, Anthony Rendon has been productive since moving down from the number two spot in the batting order. Last night, he got the Nats back in the game after Ross put them in an early hole.
Rendon’s great night started in the second inning. With two on and one out, he made Mat Latos pay for back-to-back walks by doubling into right field to drive in Daniel Murphy for the Washington Nationals first run. One inning later, Rendon lined a two-run homer to left center to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Eventually, the Nats would take the lead with two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to break the game open. But, it was Rendon who got them back in the game. The third baseman went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI’s in last night’s win.
This season, Rendon has 38 runs scored, which is the most of any player on the Nats and the eighth most of any player in the National League. Over his last 30 games, he is hitting .337 with four home runs and 15 RBI’s. His 15 RBI’s are third on the team in that span behind Wilson Ramos (19) and Murphy (20).
Even though Rendon got off to that slow start, he has been able to bounce back in a big way to help out this lineup even if it is out of the seventh spot in the batting order. Plus, he has still stayed patient in the bottom of the order. His ten walks out of the sixth spot are tied for the fourth most in the National League.
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