If you want to exorcise a few D.C. sports demons, it's a good idea to call John Riggins.
That Nationals did just that Thursday night, inviting the former Redskins great and Pro Football Hall of Famer to fire up the crowd prior to their do-or-die NLDS Game 5 matchup against the Dodgers.
Riggins was asked to partake in the customary “play ball” ritual near the Nats' dugout. And in typical Riggo fashion, he did a little more than that.
Imploring the fans to get fired up, he exclaimed: “It’s fourth and one, and the Nationals are going for it.” That, of course, is a reference to Riggins’ famous game-sealing touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII that came on the same down and distance.
So far, the good karma is working. The Nats are up 1-0 through two innings, looking to advance to their first NL Championship Series ever.
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.
He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.
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The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.
It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.
Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.
In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.
The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.
If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week.
For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored.
He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games.
Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored.
With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times.
The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East.
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