The Nationals pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball Sunday, for the second time in less than two years.
Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit four consecutive home runs off Padres reliever Craig Stammen in the eighth inning. The fireworks happened in the span of only seven pitches.
How rare is it for a team to hit four consecutive home runs? Extremely. It’s happened only nine times in MLB history, according to NationalPastime.com. To put that in perspective, there have been 23 perfect games in baseball history. There have been 15 unassisted triple plays.
But only nine times has an MLB team gone back-to-back-to-back-to-back. The Nationals become the first team to do it twice, having been the last team to hit four straight on July 27, 2017 against the Brewers. Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman were part of that 2017 back-to-back-to-back-to-back onslaught.
On an interesting note, these home run binges tend to come in clusters. The Braves (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas) became the first team to do it, in 1961. The Indians did it in 1963, and the Twins followed in 1964. But then it didn’t happen again until 2006, when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson went deep in a game against the Padres. The Red Sox (2007), White Sox (2008) and Diamondbacks (2010) are the three other teams to accomplish the feat.
The Nationals went on to beat the Padres, 5-2.