At that point, Eaton was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He referenced “Seinfeld” in explaining how changed his approach in his fourth at-bat.
“Everything I was thinking, they did the opposite,” Eaton said. “So I was thinking 3-2 should be a heater here and I'm like, well, that's the opposite, so I should George Costanza it and just go ahead and said, ‘Breaking ball,’ and that's what happened and George was right and I happened to be right.”
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Eaton faced a similar situation in Game 1 on Friday when he was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts entering the seventh inning. Then he tripled with one out and scored later in the inning on a single by Howie Kendrick, giving the Nationals a 2-0 lead, a score that stood up.
Washington now heads home with a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 starts at 7:38 p.m. Monday.
“I'm excited,” Eaton said. “Our park has been absolutely legit when it comes to the fan base and them coming out and supporting us.”