Offense Stands Out In The 6th Inning
Through the first five innings, the Washington Nationals offense managed only two solo home runs against Chris Young (Rendon and Murphy). In the fifth inning, they were able to get Young out of the game, but Bryce Harper grounded out against Luke Hochevar with the bases loaded and two outs.
But, the Nationals were able to put up a crooked inning against Hochevar in the sixth. With Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth (who homered in the eighth against Dillon Gee) on first with one out, Ramos tied the game with a RBI ground rule double.
It’s good for the Nats to have Ramos back in the lineup because he was one of their consistent hitters before he went back to Venezuela because of the death of his grandfather. The Nats’ catcher has six hits in his last 13 at-bats with three doubles and three RBI’s.
After a groundout by Danny Espinosa put the Nats back in front, Chris Heisey got the chance to make an impact in the starting lineup and delivered. Heisey, who got the start in left field while Werth was the designated hitter, hit a first pitch fastball to center for a RBI triple to give the Nats a 5-3 lead at the time.
While the Royals bullpen is one of the better ones in the league, the Nats have yet to see Wade Davis or Kelvin Herrera in this series. That being said, they did a good job last night of getting Young out of the game early and getting into the middle relief after a shaky outing by Kansas City’s starter.
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