Denard Span's teammates on the Washington Nationals got right to the point Monday night after he connected for his second home run of the game. Span came in with two home runs in 574 plate appearances all season, but he has been on an unholy tear for a week, going 8 for 22 with five extra-base hits since Wednesday. His homers helped the Nats continue their progressive road trip with a 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodger Stadium isn't exactly a home run haven, either. Span was at a loss to explain his power surge. Via the D.C. Bog:
“I couldn’t tell you, man,” Span told MASN’s Dan Kolko after the game. “Just seeing the ball good and trying to put good swings on the ball. Fortunately they’ve been getting out of the park for me.”
Kolko asked Span for the best joke he heard in the dugout Monday.
“Probably saying you’re going to get a blood test and a urine test probably before and after the game tomorrow, so I’m definitely going to be looking out for those guys,” he said.
Span did offer one possible explanation for his two-homer night to reporters after the game.
“Last night, I did eat Roscoe’s chicken and waffles,” Span said. “I think that might have helped a little bit tonight.”
Ah, yes, the famous Los Angeles eatery. All right, so we have: Blood, urine, chicken and waffles. All together, that's disgusting! A drug test might implode.
Both of Span's home runs came against Roberto Hernandez, the former Fausto Carmona, who was all like:
Not even this Vine can explain Span's surge:
The second half of Span's season has been extraordinary; He's batting .360/.407/.478 with 85 total bases in 43 appearances. Add his strong defensive metrics to the mix and he's one of the best players in the National League right now.
Overall, the Nationals launched four home runs and stole four bases, marking the first time in franchise history that happened. Jayson Werth and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep — also against Hernandez. The Nats are clicking on most of their cylinders, and carry a 78-58 record into Tuesday.
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