Victor Robles plays for the Washington Nationals, but he had a big role in the Giants’ 2-1 extra innings win in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Nationals Park.
After the Giants broke the seal on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the eighth inning, the Nationals were threatening to sweep the twin-bill.
Starlin Castro doubled to score Yan Gomes, who started the inning on second base, and Robles was plunked on the shoulder by Giants reliever Caleb Barager. With runners on first and second and no one out, Josh Bell lofted a fly ball to center field.
Castro tagged and went to third base. Austin Slater, who pinch-hit for Steven Duggar in the seventh, threw the ball back into second base. Robles very easily could have — and likely should have — stayed at first base.
Instead, the speedy Robles tried to tag up as well and he would have made it had he not tried to get around Donovan Solano’s tag.