The way Odubel Herrera is going, he might have to make an extra trip to Washington next month.
Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rout the Nationals 12-2 on Friday night.
Herrera hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the third for his 13th homer, matching the club record for consecutive games with a long ball. He has connected in six of his last seven overall.
Eflin (5-2) allowed baserunners in every inning except the first but limited the damage to two runs over five innings in his fourth straight win.
Washington’s Tanner Roark (3-8) gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings, and the Nationals needed four relievers to finish the game.
The last two starts I’ve left the bullpen out to dry, Roark said, and I’m just not happy about it.
Quintana hung a changeup on his second pitch to Suarez, who has four homers in his last six games.
I just missed my spot — a bad pitch, Quintana said through a translator. A bad time to have that happen.
Suarez also singled twice and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Reds third baseman since Todd Frazier hit in 14 straight in 2014.
Javier Baez drove in a run with a bunt single off Luis Castillo (5-8), and Kyle Schwarber followed with a two-run homer, his third in four games. Castillo went 5 2/3 innings for his first victory since May 24, ending a streak of four straight losses.
Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
That was one of our cleaner ballgames of the season, interim manager Jim Riggleman said. We played a good ballgame — offensively, defensively, ran the bases well, timely hitting.
I’m in for whatever they say, Madrigal said.
The Cubs went on to win the game 7-0.
While that concern includes things like footwork and receiving ability, it also consists of how well a player can manage an entire pitching staff or scout an opposing lineup, things professional catchers are expected to do every day. Though Bart certainly has had experience in calling his own game behind the plate, it’s likely that experience is limited and his first few seasons in the minors will demonstrate how adept he is in learning that area of his craft.
Offensively, even though he has hit for average and power in his career, he has also struck out his fair share, whiffing 50 or more times in each of the previous two seasons. If it turns out that Bart becomes a liability behind the plate and his raised batting average and OBP come crashing down as a professional as his strike outs rise, it’s possible whichever team drafts him could move him from catcher to first base.