(New Nats Slugger and Silver Elvis)

It is always exciting to see a player reach a milestone in baseball.  Career firsts are extra special in my book. 

Roger Bernadina has been playing very well for the Nationals which has kept him in the starting lineup for many games.  His speed and fabulous diving catches have saved a few runs in the outfield and his bat seems to have caught on fire. 

Before the game on Wednesday morning, he had never hit a home run in the bigs. Wednesday, May 12, 2010 will be a day Roger will remember.  The day Bernie hit not only his very first career home run, but his first TWO career home runs.

Bernadina's first career home run was a solo blast into the right-field stands putting the Nats up by one run over the Mets in the top of the fourth inning. [VIDEO]

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Roger made a diving catch to rob Jeff Francoeur of hero status at Citi Field.  [VIDEO]

Roger Bernadina wasn't done for the day yet.  Bernie hit a go-ahead, two-run shot to right field in the top of the ninth to put the Nats in the lead 6-4. His second career home run was hit off of K-Rod (Francisco Rodriguez)! [VIDEO]

The Nats held the Mets and went on to win 6-4 giving Clippard another win and Capps another save.  Tyler Clippard now has a MLB leading 7 wins (and Clip is a reliever, not a starter!) and Matt Capps has a MLB leading 14 saves.  Incredible.

Bernadina talked to MASN'sDebbi Taylor after the game [VIDEO] and about wearing the Silver Elvis wig [VIDEO].  Nats Enquirer has a picture of Roger in the wig.

Baseball in DC is really fun right now, isn't it?

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