Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Nats Offense Breaks Out In Blowout Win Over Rays

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Jun 16, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Clint Robinson (25) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Robinson Taking Advantage Of Playing Time

When Ryan Zimmerman went on the disabled list due to plantar fasciitis, all the talk was about who would play more games at first base between Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson in his absence. While Matt Williams has gone with even Danny Espinosa at times, there has been one constant in the lineup since Zimmerman has been out and that is Robinson.

Whether it’s been at first base or in the outfield, Robinson is starting to show signs of the player that had a great spring and earned a spot on the Opening Day roster. He has gone 8-for-17 with two home runs and five RBI’s over the last five games.

All the talk from last night’s game about the 30-year-old was his first at-bat of the game. In the second inning, Robinson took a 3-1 fastball from Alex Colome and hit the ball 449 feet to right field, a ball that was tough to see where it landed on the replays.

With the Nationals batting around in the second, Robinson had a chance to hit again and hit a double to right center that drove in Escobar. While Bryce Harper was thrown out at the plate, Robinson had a chance to start and end a six run second inning that put the game out of reach in a hurry.

The first baseman would continue his great night with a walk in the fifth and a base hit in the eighth before being taken out for Tyler Moore. With the team not having a designated hitter as they head back home, Robinson has definitely made a strong case to Matt Williams that he should be in the lineup on a consistent basis.

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