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Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon combined for four straight home runs for the Nationals, all against Padres pitcher Craig Stammen:
What’s better than back-to-back-to-back jacks?
Back-to-back-to-back-to-BACK jacks. https://t.co/Iqh3KFehVo
ESPN Stats & Info noted why this was such a unique event:
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The Nationals are the first team in MLB history to hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back HR on multiple occasions (also on July 27, 2017 vs Brewers).
Padres pitcher Craig Stammen allowed 4 HR in a span of 7 pitches. He allowed 3 HR on 1,167 pitches in 2018. https://t.co/njEGRC95XE
Washington entered the inning tied 1-1 but pulled away for what became a 5-2 win.
Per Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, this feat has only happened nine times in major league history.
The Nationals were also the last team to hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers in 2017, although that was part of an even more impressive run.
In that game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Washington had five home runs in a span of six batters against pitcher Michael Blazek. Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit four in a row out of the park before Rendon got in on the fun two batters later.
This could be a good sign for the Nationals, who won 97 games and the National League East in 2017. The 2019 squad hasn’t been quite as impressive, compiling a 30-35 record after Sunday’s win.
Washington only ranked 18th in the majors in home runs entering the day.
The slugfest on the road Sunday could get the team back on track as it tries to keep pace in the NL East.