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.