Watch: Wilson Ramos Launches First Home Run


May 23, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher

Wilson Ramos

(40) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one thing the Washington Nationals proved in the first two months of the season, it’s that they need Wilson Ramos to stay healthy and in the lineup everyday. Ramos is relentless behind the plate and aggressive in the batters box, providing clutch hits for the Nationals time and time again over the last few years.

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For the first month and a half of the season, the Nationals were admittedly a much weaker team without the buffalo. But now he’s been back for a few weeks, and as he showed Wednesday night, his power is back as well.

With the Nationals trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ramos unloaded on a 2-0 fastball from Marlins right-hander A. J. Ramos, sending it into the visitors bullpen in left-center field for his first home run of the season and tying the game at 4-4. Naturally, the Nationals’ offense stalled shortly thereafter and the team went on to lose the game in extra innings.

But as bad as Washington’s offense is right now, Nationals fans can find comfort in knowing that the buffalo is officially back and strong once again. Perhaps Wednesday’s homer will be the start of a hot stretch for Ramos that will get the rest of the lineup going and turn things around for the team. Only time will tell.

Until then, horns up!