January 30, 2023

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Living in the fast Lane: Thomas drives 3 HRs

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With three home runs — coming on consecutive at-bats against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday — the 26-year old left fielder became the first Nationals player to tally three long balls in a game since ex-Nat Kyle Schwarber did so in June of last season.

Just five innings into Friday night’s contest, the outfielder had slugged multiple home runs out of the two-spot in the Washington lineup. Thomas began his night with a two-run home run off Reds starting pitcher Mike Minor in the second inning, before depositing his second just two innings later off of reliever Vladimir Gutierrez.

That marked the first multi-home run game of Thomas’ career. But he wasn’t finished.

Just two innings later, Thomas provided an encore on his impressive day at the plate. He went deep yet again — this time off Reds relief pitcher Jeff Hoffman — and put the Nationals up 8-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

The three blasts totaled 1,128 ft., per Statcast, and doubled his season home run total to six.

The career day couldn’t have come at a better time for the fourth-year big leaguer, who entered Friday’s game batting just .195 on the season.

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