Nationals' Wednesay Night Lineup: Bryce Harper Is Back; + Wilson Ramos Love

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson praised the work Wilson Ramos did behind the plate after last night's win over the New York Mets and talked today about keeping his 26-year-old catcher in the lineup as much as possible going forward...

The Washington Nationals have hit eight home runs in the first two games of their current series in Citi Field with the New York Mets. Gio Gonzalez threw a one-hitter on Monday night. Jordan Zimmermann and the bullpen managed to win with sufficient run-support on Tuesday. Helping all the pitchers throughout the two wins was Wilson Ramos. Behind and at the plate, the 26-year-old catcher has played a big role in the Nats' late-season run. And Davey Johnson told reporters before tonight's game in New York that he has no plans to sit the catcher any time soon:

Ramos threw two runners out in last night game, catching two of three would-be base stealers. Mets' outfielder Matt den Dekker drove in two runs with a single in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game in the Nats' favor, but when he tried to move himself into scoring position one out later, with Craig Stammen on the mound, he was cut down by Ramos. Drew Storen walked Eric Young in the bottom of the eighth, but he too was thrown out when he tried for second.

"[Wilson Ramos] is a great receiver and he's got a great arm and made two perfect throws on both guys that can really fly." - Davey Johnson on Wilson Ramos

Nationals' pitchers have worked on managing the running game, and made some improvements, but Ramos made strong throws to help his pitchers out. "Stammen is a lot quicker. Storen is a lot quicker," Davey Johnson told reporters after the Nationals' 6-3 win. "And of course [Wilson Ramos] is a great receiver and he's got a great arm and made two perfect throws on both guys that can really fly. I thought that those were key plays of the ballgame right there. Those were huge outs."

Since coming off the DL (hamstring) on July 4th, Ramos has played in 49 games, posting a .284/.313/.481 line with six doubles and 10 home runs in 192 plate appearances. He's back in the lineup tonight, catching Dan Haren in the third game of four in Citi Field:

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