Washington Nationals: Anthony Rendon Has Historic Day In Blowout Win Over Mets

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits a home run against the New York Mets in the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits a home run against the New York Mets in the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon had an historic afternoon as he went 6-for-6 with three home runs and ten RBI’s in a 23-5 blowout win over the Mets

After losing the first two games of the series to the Mets and getting bad news on Adam Eaton’s injury, the Washington Nationals offense bounced back today against the New York Mets in a big way. It was a career day at the ballpark for Anthony Rendon.

This afternoon, Rendon had a career day as he went 6-for-6 with three home runs and ten RBI’s. It is the 13th time that a player in Major League Baseball history had ten or more RBI’s in a game. For someone who came into the day with only two extra-base hits, that’s even more impressive:

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The day began with the Nats scoring five runs in the first inning against Noah Syndergaard. Rendon had one of the hits in that inning with a two-run single to left that scored the team’s third run of the inning. Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Taylor, and Joe Ross also had RBI singles in the inning.

Syndergaard’s day would end in the second inning as he left the game after throwing a pitch to Bryce Harper. He ended up leaving the game because of a lat strain and will go for a MRI tomorrow:


Rendon’s day continued in the third inning when he hit a solo shot to left, his first of his three home runs. He also hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning against Sean Gilmartin and a solo shot against catcher Kevin Plawecki in the eighth inning.

Before the game, the Nats third baseman had only two extra-base hits (a pair of doubles) coming into the game. He ends up having one of the best days in franchise history and will carry some momentum into May. Ron Juckett has more on the performance in the DoDcast postgame:

In total, the Washington Nationals had seven home runs in the win. Two of them came from Matt Wieters and Harper also hit his ninth home run of the season. While he didn’t hit a home run, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy each had three hits in the win. Zimmerman’s average is now up to .420 on the season.

It wasn’t all good for the Nats today. On the mound, Ross only went four innings, gave up five runs (two home runs) on seven hits, struck out five, and walked one on 76 pitches (50 strikes). But, the bullpen picked him up with five scoreless innings and a combined seven strikeouts from Matt Albers, Oliver Perez, Joe Blanton, and Blake Treinen.

It’s been a historic week for the Washington Nationals as they scored double-digit runs for the fourth time and broke a franchise record today with the 23 runs scored. When this offense is on fire like it was today, it’s tough for any pitcher to slow them down.

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Next Game: The Washington Nationals (17-8) will be back in action Tuesday night at Nats Park when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-11). Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94 ERA) will get the start for the D’Backs against Tanner Roark (3-0, 3.64) for the Nats. You can watch the game on MASN2.

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