The Washington Nationals turned down trade offers for top prospect Victor Robles this summer, instead dealing other minor leaguers to fortify their roster for the postseason.
Robles provided his latest glimpse of why Washington insisted upon keeping him Thursday, using his speed to spur a pair of two-run rallies to lead Washington to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
“You’ve got to like what you see,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “You can see why everyone wanted to trade for him and you see why we didn’t want to give him up and include him in those trades. He can be an impact player.”
Tanner Roark (13-9) pitched six strong innings, Sean Doolittle earned his 18th save in as many opportunities since Washington acquired him in a trade from Oakland in July, and the Nationals salvaged the final game of the three-game set to earn their first victory since clinching the NL East on Sunday.
Making his second career start, the 20-year-old Robles tripled to right-center in…
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