Bases Loaded Weekly Review

First Base: The Nationals trounced the Mets 25-4 on Tuesday night, the worst loss in Mets franchise history. Former Met Daniel Murphy led the way, going 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs. He was one of five Nationals with 3+ hits. The Nationals became the 19th team since 1900 to score 25+ runs in a game, and it was the most runs that they have scored in a single game in franchise history. The Nationals ended up sweeping the 2 game series on Tuesday, with a 5-3 victory.

Second Base: Steve Pearce hit 3 home runs for the Red Sox in a 15-7 rout of the Yankees on Thursday. Pearce joined Mo Vaughn and Kevin Millar as the only Red Sox to homer 3 times in a game against the Yankees. He followed up his spectacular performance on Thursday with another home run on Friday. The Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball, traded for Pearce on June 28th from the Blue Jays for a minor leaguer. He has hit .357/.448/.714 with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs in 56 at bats since joining the team.

Third Base: Shohei Ohtani hit 2 home runs on Friday against the Indians to lead the Angels to a 7-4 victory. It was the first multi-home run game of his MLB career. Ohtani became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to win 2+ games on the mound, and hit 10+ home runs in the same season. The 23 year old Japanese phenom is hitting .266/.337/.521 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 188 at bats this year. He also is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 9 starts on the mound, although he has been temporarily shut down pitching due to arm issues.

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