WASHINGTON — This season, the Nationals have been looking for key contributors to their future. On Saturday, 22-year-old Luis García and 30-year-old rookie Joey Meneses gave them another glimpse of the potential upon which they could build.
García and Meneses combined for a pair of home runs and nine RBIs in the Nationals’ 13-4 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of Saturday’s split doubleheader at Nationals Park.
“Moving forward, if these two guys can do what we think they can do, they’re going to be pretty good in our lineup,” said manager Dave Martinez.
García (3-for-5, two runs, one home run, career-high five RBIs) jump-started the Nats’ offense with a line drive RBI single to right field off Phillies starter Kyle Gibson in the first inning. After plating Meneses in the seventh with a single to left field, he belted his seventh homer of the season a Statcast-estimated 404 feet to right-center field in the eighth to drive in Meneses and Luke Voit (who also smashed a 410-foot dinger in the second).
“That’s what I work for with my hitting, is to [go] up the middle and away,” said García. “There’s times, luckily, where I got the inside pitch … I was able to read the pitch early enough that I reacted and made good contact.”
García’s seventh home run of the season was his first since Sept. 3.
“I’ve always said, when he can get the ball up…