Since the start of the season, everyone has been chanting, “Hail Cesar!” and for good reason. Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Cesar Hernandez is on fire.

Yesterday, while in a 2-2 tie with the Washington Nationals, in the eighth inning, Hernandez hit a two-run home run off Nationals’ reliever and former Phillie, Joe Blanton.

The Phillies beat the Nationals by score of 4-2 on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Blanton entered the game in the eighth inning and hit the first batter, Freddy Galvis. Blanton was able to retire pinch hitter, Brock Stassi, however, the next batter Blanton faced was Hernandez, and the rest is history.

Hernandez also hit a walk-off single last Sunday to beat the Nationals and collected two hits during Saturday’s much needed win.

“I am trying to see more pitches (as a leadoff hitter),” Hernandez said. “That is my job. I am happy. We needed a win.”

Mackanin spoke about Hernandez and his recent success, stating, “I can’t say enough about Cesar. He has been playing hard. He laid down a bunt for a hit (in the fourth). He didn’t bunt for a hit that time (with the homer). He is turning into a really good Major League player.”

Photo: Keith Allison (via: Flickr)

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