WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s game between the Nationals and Orioles was one of the strangest, more event-filled games of the season. Here is an exhaustive list of crazy things that happened in the Nationals’ 10-8 loss.
Ledecky Throws First Pitch as Harper Holds Medals
Olympic swimming legend, and Maryland native, Katie Ledecky was on the slate to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the game, and that she did. She didnt’t do a bad job, either, as the pitch was perhaps just a smidge off the zone.
Trea Turner, who will make another appearance later on this list, made one of the best catches of the year in center field. It was the first batter of the game, but the rest of the first inning didn’t go so well. According to Statcast, he topped out at 20.2 miles per hour in the field. It’s also worth mentioning that he was a shortstop before this season.
Turner’s Hit Streak
After making his incredible diving grab, Turner picked up a four-pack of hits in his next four at-bats, marking the second time in as many days he’s had four hits. Before he struck out in his fifth and final at-bat of the day, Turner had a streak of eight straight hits.
Murphy’s Grand Slam
To the surprise of probably nobody, Daniel Murphy smacked a grand slam Wednesday night. After all, he’s done everything else this season, why wouldn’t he add a grand slam to his resume? Turns out it was Murphy’s first career grand slam.
Britton’s Streak Ends
Four batters after Turner’s two-day streak ended, and two batters after Murphy’s slam-less streak ended, Orioles closer Zach Britton’s MLB-record 43-game streak without allowing an earned run ended. It ended with Anthony Rendon smacking his second double of the game, scoring Bryce Harper. It was the first earned run allowed by Britton since April 30.
Harper Unveils Harper’s Heroes Hats
Harper, who went 2 for 5 with three strikeouts Wednesday, unveiled the hats for Harper’s Heroes, a charity benefiting children battling cancer.