Adam LaRoche snaps long hit drought

(Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

After he notched his first hit on Monday night, a single to left field in the second inning that snapped an 0 for 26 drought, Adam LaRoche was relieved. He is a notoriously slow starter, and this beginning to the season was no different. It is frustrating nonetheless.

“Finally, first time in a while I thought I was in a position to hit,” he said. “I was so tied up on some drivable pitches the past week. I was just borderline lost. So it felt good to kind of slow it down a little bit, to be able to pick the ball up and not try to hit it out of his hand. Slowed it down a little. That’s a start.”

LaRoche finished 1 for 3 with a walk and run, his first hit since April 21. Before Monday’s game, he watched video of his own swing with longtime friend and former teammate Chipper Jones, who is retired but was visiting the Braves and with LaRoche in both clubhouses.

“We found a couple things,” LaRoche said. “He’s one who just remembers everything. He knows my swing as well as anybody. He was just thinking back of what he remembered what it used to look like, and then watching a bunch of film, some good swings from last year and some bad ones from this year, trying to compare. So it was good, kind of reinforcing the things that (hitting coach Rick Eckstein) and I have been talking about. Just to hear it from a different angle, it always helps.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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