Since being called up last Tuesday, Nationals prospect Danny Espinosa has had an unbelievable first week as a Major League Baseball player. It is a week that the youngster is surely never to forget and hopefully it will be one Nationals fans look back on with fondness, and not as a novelty. The 23-year-old capped the week off tonight by going 4-5 with two homers, including a grand slam in a 13-3 victory versus the Mets in a game that wont soon be forgotten.
Let's reflect on some of the highlights from this week:
Tuesday 9/1: Espinosa pinch hits the very same inning Nyjer Morgan starts a brawl against the Florida Marlins after charging the mound against pitcher Chris Volstad. In his very first at bat Espinosa hit a hard ground ball which ate up Marlins second baseman Emilio Bonifacio. With the ball slowly rolling in centerfield, Espinosa sprinted towards second in a Rosian move..stretching a should be ground out into a double. No fear in this kid.
Thursday 9/3: The 23-year-old jumpstarted the Nationals offense by hitting his first career homer in the inning. The solo shot hit off of Pirates starter looks to be the first of many in this young power hitting infielders career. Espinosa wasn't done, adding an RBI double to his night to finish 2-4.
Friday 9/4: Espinosa receives no plate appearances but plays an inning as a defensive replacement at second base in the ninth inning.
Monday 9/6: Espinosa explodes going 4-5 on the night with two homers, including a grand slam in the sixth inning off Igarashi. The second baseman finished the night with six RBI and two runs, falling just a triple short of the cycle. Espinosa even got to play an inning at his natural position of shortstop, making a seamless play to first base.
Total: .529 BA, 3 HR, 3 2B, 10 RBI