Have yourself a day, Tyler Moore.
Filling in for Adam LaRoche, who is getting his first day off since May 7, Moore not only notched his first career RBI with a two-run double to left in the second inning, he also recorded his first major league homer in the fourth inning.
That was a two-run shot that made it a 4-2 game. But Moore wasn’t done.
His next time up, the rookie crushed another ball, this one to dead center field. It landed in the tarped-off seats for another homer, giving the Nationals a 5-2 lead over the Blue Jays.
Moore has driven in all five Nationals runs today, and has gone 3-for-3 with three extra-base hits.
He’s the first Nats player to notch a multi-home run game this season, and his five RBIs are the most by a National this season. It’s also the most by a Nats rookie since Danny Espinosa had a club-record six RBIs on Sept. 6, 2010 against the Mets.
In his first stint with the Nats this season, Moore went 3-for-19 with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts.
He was sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse on May 28 and then recalled June 7. In this current stint in the bigs, Moore has gone 6-for-11 with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs.
Oh, yeah, and Stephen Strasburg threw six strong innings, allowing just two runs and striking out eight. It’s not often Strasburg is upstaged, but Moore has done just that today.
Update: How’s a 6-0 road trip sound?
The Nats completed back-to-back road series sweeps with today’s 6-2 win over the Blue Jays. Strasburg went six innings and Moore and Ian Desmond combined to hit three homers and provide all of Washington’s scoring.
The Nationals will head home 15 games above .500 with a 38-23 record. This is the first time in team history that the Nationals have gone 6-0 on a road trip.
Think they’ll have a fun plane ride back to D.C.?