WASHINGTON — In his first two at-bats, budding Washington Nationals superstar tagged a triple and a home run, scoring twice and serving as the difference in a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves.
Since it is Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, a quote from Han Solo seems especially fitting: “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”
Here is a look at his triple to lead off the game. It was his fifth since the All-Star break, which leads all of Major League Baseball:
Turner led things off again, two innings later, and broke out his big light saber to crush this pitch over the right field wall:
Saturday marks the 26th game of the season for Turner in the big leagues. He came into the game hitting a respectable .301/.333/.485 batting line, and admits he has only felt comfortable for about two weeks.
Nats manager Dusty Baker, who was notably unwilling to commit to Turner remaining in big leagues last month, is singing a new tune with his star rookie’s ascension.
“He’s very mature past his look,” Baker told the media last week. “He looks like a kid, but he plays like a man. He doesn’t seem overwhelmed with anything. He’s given us a tremendous spark since he’s been here, which we needed.”
“He’s given us a tremendous spark since he’s been here, which we needed.”
With six innings to go on Saturday night, Turner is just a single and double away from becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since Cristian Guzmán on August 28, 2008.
He has 11 multi-hit games in 26 games this season. He has three three-hit games, but has never had four or more hits in a single game.