Guzman makes up for Triple Play

Nationals second baseman Cristian Guzman did something he would like to forget in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory over the Mets. He became the first player in Nationals history to hit into a triple play.

With runners on first and second, no outs and Washington up, 2-1, in the fifth inning, Guzman took an 0-1 pitch and hit the ball into shallow center field. The runners, Livan Hernandez and Nyjer Morgan, thought the ball was going to drop in for a base hit, but center fielder Angel Pagan caught the ball and the Mets were able to double up Hernandez and Morgan.

“The play was a good one by Pagan. He played real shallow,” Guzman said. “He caught the ball behind second base, but I thank God we came back.”

After the Mets tied the score at 2 in the sixth, the Nationals scored three runs in the bottom seventh inning. Guzman highlighted the scoring with an RBI triple. Guzman ended up going 2-for-4 in the game.

“Every time you have a good game, you feel good,” Guzman said.

Despite coming off the bench this season, Guzman is now hitting .328 and leads the team in hits with 42. Guzman acknowledged that coming off the bench is not easy.

“I feel good about myself,” Guzman said “This game is real hard. It’s not easy coming off the bench and playing a lot of different positions. But I have the confidence to do my job.”

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