Adam LaRoche had yet another night for the history books last night. Not only did he go 3-4 with one home run and four RBI, but he also got hit number 1,000 for his career.
Hit number 999 was a memorable one, as well. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth frame, LaRoche stepped to the plate and crushed one nearly 400 feet over the right field wall. Xavier Nady then sent the very next pitch 436 feet over the left field wall for back to back home runs.
In the top of the seventh inning, Pirates first baseman Josh Harrison hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, with the bases loaded and two outs, LaRoche stepped back up to the plate looking for number 1,000.
He took the first pitch he saw into the right field corner for a bases clearing three RBI stand-up double. Following his stand-up double, LaRoche got a standing ovation from the home crowd.
LaRoche's three-RBI double would be the difference as the Nationals went on to win 7-4. Gio Gonzalez picked up his fifth win of the season and Henry Rodriguez was credited with his ninth save.
Adam LaRoche joins the likes of Pete Rose, Ty Cobbs, Cal Ripken, and Derek Jeter (just to name a few) of players to have amassed 1,000 hits throughout their careers. He's got a ways to go, however, if he ever wants to catch Pete Rose's ridiculous all-time mark of 4,256 career hits.
Many believe that Adam LaRoche is headed to the All-Star game and after the hot start that he has gotten off to this season, how can you blame them?
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