Add another injury to the list for the Nationals tonight, as Michael Taylor was forced to exit in the top of the seventh inning against the Padres after crashing into the outfield fence.
Taylor, who made the start in center field in place of Denard Span, was trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Melvin Upton, Jr. and made a leap. However, he came up empty-handed and hit the wall at full speed. Upton ended up with a triple on the play.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Taylor appeared to suffer an injury to his right knee. Bryce Harper took his place in center field while Danny Espinosa moved over to left field and Trea Turner entered the game to play second base.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.