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Espinosa starts getting it right from left side

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In his short time in the major leagues, second baseman Danny Espinosa has typically been a stronger hitter from the right side of the plate than he is from the left.

Espinosa is a switch-hitter and he struggled in a September call-up against right-handed pitching, hitting only .218 against them with an .846 OPS.

And since most of his at-bats were against right-handers, Espinosa's overall numbers suffered. He hit six home runs in his month in the majors, but struck out 30 times and finished with a .214 batting average.

What Espinosa did on Sunday isn't a sure indicator he's ready to be a balanced threat from both sides of the plate. But his big day in the Nationals' doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers certainly showed he's headed in the right direction.

Espinosa hit a three-run home run in the first game against the Brewers, putting the Nationals on the board in an 8-4 victory. Then, with the score tied, 1-1, in the second game, he hit a bases-loaded triple, also from the left side.

"I have confidence in my left-handed swing," Espinosa said. "It's not as strong as my right-handed swing, just because of my top hand. But it's getting there.

"Sometimes, during the season it just takes a little time for my left-handed swing to find itself. I'm feeling good."

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