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:
Asked Davey if he ever planned on giving Wilson Ramos a day off. Short answer is no. He said he told Ramos to tell him when he needs a day.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) September 11, 2013
Ramos told Davey today that he wants to catch more games in a row than anybody in baseball. High this season is Yadier Molina at 22.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) September 11, 2013
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.
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."
Randy Knorr said Wilson Ramos's "pop times" to second base last night were 1.88 and 1.86 seconds. Pretty much as good as it gets.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 11, 2013
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:
Today's #Nationals lineup vs. NYM: Span 8, Zimmerman 5, Werth 9, Harper 7, Desmond 6, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Rendon 4, Haren 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) September 11, 2013
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