Anthony Rendon Saves Washington Nationals With Timely First Career Homer

By Brian Skinnell
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For the Washington Nationals, the term “emotional roller coaster” couldn’t have fit Saturday night’s 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians any better.

For Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon, he is making the most out of his second chance in the majors. After having the day off on Friday, he extended his current hit streak to nine games by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a wonderfully-timed first career big-league home run.

In the top of the ninth, Rendon stepped to the plate with the score tied at six and two outs with no one on base. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Rendon popped up foul and Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and right fielder Ryan Raburn both came over to make the catch.

There was only one problem — no one caught the ball and Rendon was given another chance.

He made the most of that second chance. Two pitches later, he belted a solo shot over the right field wall for his first big-league home run to put the Nationals up 7-6.

For Rendon, the transition to MLB from the minors is complete. While they may have originally drafted Rendon to be the future third baseman, second base seems to fit him quite well and simply because he can hit, he is an improvement from Danny Espinosa.

They say you can’t lose your job due to injury. However, after the recent success of Rendon, Espinosa should be feeling a bit uneasy about his current status with the Nationals. The future is now for Anthony Rendon. The Nationals should the ride wave of his momentum as far as it will take them.

Brian Skinnell is an MLB and NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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