Washington Nationals: Takeaways From Lucas Giolito’s Debut

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Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d /
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Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a two run home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Ramos And Harper Provide Insurance

When the second rain delay was over, the Washington Nationals only had a 1-0 lead and needed to get some insurance runs to help their bullpen. Two of those runs came in the bottom of the fifth when Bryce Harper hit a 1-1 sinker from former teammate, Jerry Blevins, into the Nats bullpen for a two-run homer.

That home run last night was only the fourth Harper has hit this season against a left-handed pitcher. Even though Harper didn’t get a hit against Harvey, he is 4-for-7 against the Mets this week with the aforementioned home run and the three RBI’s.

The next two runs for the Washington Nationals came in the bottom of the sixth when Wilson Ramos lined a two-run double to center to extend the lead to 5-0.

Ramos, who is on a 11-game hit streak, is hitting .373 this month with six home runs and 18 RBI’s. Plus, he is hitting .455 in his last seven games and he is 9-for-18 with four RBI’s in his last four games.

As he seems to do every season, Ramos finds a way to hit Mets pitching. While he only has a .241 batting average in 29 at-bats, his seven RBI’s against New York are the most he’s had against any team this year.

Last night, the 3-4-5 trio in the lineup (Harper, Daniel Murphy, Ramos) were 5-for-11 with four runs scored and four RBI’s. When that trio is clicking, this is a tough lineup to pitch against.

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