Extra innings were seemingly on the horizon when Trea Turner stepped up to the plate with two outs in the ninth. It was a 4-4 game and the momentum seemingly rested with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies, after all, roared back in the eighth inning to tie the game courtesy of a three-run homer from Cameron Rupp that soared over the visitors’ bullpen in left field.
Trea Turner had other plans. With a 1-2 count, Turner connected with a 91 mph fastball that was left over the plate by Frank Herrmann and absolutely crushed a home run to the right of the batter’s eye. Statcast projected Turner’s game-winning home run traveled 440 feet.
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The stadium roared and the team ran out of the dugout to greet Turner at home plate. The energy in the stadium was high as they watched the 23-year-old phenom, acquired in a trade from the Padres in 2015, round the bases and get swarmed at the plate.
2nd HR of the night
8th HR of the year
1st walk-off HR of his career pic.twitter.com/q4vMeCyeFn
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Turner is the hottest hitter in the Washington Nationals lineup right now. He has a slash line of .345 AVG / .365 OBP / .925 OPS. He also leads the Nationals with 21 stolen bases and is second on the team with six triples in just 52 games.
Turner also flashed some power earlier in the evening in the seventh inning when he cracked his seventh home run of the season into the left field seats. His two-run home run gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead.
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) September 10, 2016
His post game interview with Dan Kolko was interrupted by a Gatorade bath courtesy of Anthony Rendon. Turner reluctantly agreed to the soaking telling Rendon, “Only because you’re my favorite player.”
Turner said, during the postgame interview, that with two strikes, he was trying to put the ball in play for Jayson Werth and that he has surprised himself with the power that he has flashed since getting called up to The Show.
Nationals fans can commemorate Turner’s performance and last night’s victory with a limited edition Topps Now rookie card. The latest card will be available online only until Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies were tied at four runs apiece when Trea Turner came up to face Frank Herrmann with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth. Turner rocketed one to deep straightaway center, clearing the fence for a walk-off home run. It was the second homer of the game for Turner and the first of the walk-off variety for his career.