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By hitting his 15th homerun in the 17-game series against the New York Mets, Kyle Schwarber, Washington Nationals outfielder, tied Barry Bonds' and Sammy Sosa's records.
Schwarber scored two homers Monday's 8-4 win over Jerad Eickhoff to match Sosa and Bonds' runs from 1998 and 2001. According to The Athletic, his 11 long balls in the nine previous contests tied Frank Howard's 1968 record for most during that period.
Before the streak, the 28-year old slugger had an average season. Through his 51 first appearances in 2021, he had a.716 OPS and nine home runs.
The eye-popping run began with a June 12 homer against the San Francisco Giants. He added two more in series finale against them the next day. He has five multi-HR games, including one against the Mets that was a triple homer.
Schwarber is now ranked fourth in MLB with 24 home runs. His OPS is also up to.906, which ranks 16th in baseball.
Schwarber said to reporters Monday that the most important thing was not missing the pitch. "Not taking it or fouling it off."
Luis Rojas of the Mets has seen his team give seven of the 15 Ohio homers to the native Ohioan and said that he doesn’t know how to slow him down.
Rojas stated, "We're trying every thing." Rojas said, "We're pitching to him in, away and down, up, and we've bounced baseballs." We tried everything. This guy swings a hot bat."
Schwarber may continue this trend for a while longer and be eligible to receive the Peak Bonds treatment, which involves being intentionally walked in any situation that is even remotely important.
It's not an easy task, though, as Trea Turner is followed by Juan Soto and Juan Soto. This makes the Nats one the most dangerous top three hitters in MLB.
Washington will be back in action on Tuesday night as it opens a three game set against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 :05 p.m. ET.