The Nationals’ bats broke out in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in San Diego, swatting four consecutive home runs to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead. After Yan Gomes grounded out against Craig Stammen, Howie Kendrick pinch-hit for Stephen Strasburg, smoking a solo homer to left-center to put the Nationals up 2-1. Trea Turner followed up with a dinger of his own, sending a fly ball out to center field. Adam Eaton made it three in a row, swatting a sinker out to center field. Anthony Rendon was No. 4, belting a sinker to right-center at Petco Park to make it 5-1.
Interestingly, it wasn’t that long ago that the Nationals last accomplished this feat. On July 27, 2017 against the Rockies, Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman hit four consecutive homers against Michael Blazek. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Nationals are the only team to have ever done it twice.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.