Washington Nationals: Takeaways From 5-3 Loss To Brewers
Ramos Continues Great 1st Half
Out of our three takeaways, this one will be the lone positive one. It’s been an All-Star first half for the Washington Nationals catcher and he continued that great first half by going 4-for-5 last night.
In the one inning where the Nats scored runs (top of the third), Ramos put the team in front with a base hit to center that drove in Daniel Murphy, who hit a two-run double earlier in the inning. You wonder where the Nats offense would be if it wasn’t for Ramos and Murphy.
Even though the team has had its collective struggles with runners in scoring position, Ramos is one of their best hitters in those situations. He is hitting .379 with two home runs and 29 RBI’s in 58 at-bats. His 29 RBI’s are tied with Jayson Werth and two behind Daniel Murphy for the team lead.
Ramos, who is currently on an eight-game hit streak, is hitting .371 this month with six home runs and 15 RBI’s. Although he was the one who had the final last night when he struck out against Jeremy Jeffress, he is one of the last people to blame for last night’s loss.
With Ramos putting up great numbers lately, it’s a good sign that manager Dusty Baker has continued to move him up the lineup, whether its hitting fifth or cleanup, depending on if anybody needs a day off. While his second four-hit game of the season was in a loss, it shouldn’t be forgotten.
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