Washington Nationals Reaction: Offense On Fire In The Desert
By Ricky Keeler
Difo Steps Up At Second Base
Due to Harper being out of the lineup last night, Chris Heisey (originally starting in center field) had to go to right field. With Trea Turner having to move over to center, that meant Wilmer Difo would get the start at second base.
Difo got the call up to the Major Leagues last week when Stephen Drew was placed on the disabled list because of illness. Early on in last night’s game, Difo was able to drive in a critical run in the fourth inning.
With two runners on and two outs, Difo hit a 1-0 fastball from Ray into center field for a base hit that drove in Anthony Rendon (doubled to lead off the inning) and tied the game at two.In last night’s win, Difo went 3-for-5 and he now has five hits, three runs scored, and three RBI’s in the four games he has played in since being called up to the big leagues.
While Difo hasn’t played a game at triple-A Syracuse this season, he had a strong month of July at double-A Harrisburg. He hit .337 in 21 games with two home runs and 12 RBI’s after hitting only .241 in June.
Even with Drew on the DL for the time being, the depth of the bench continues to be a positive for the Washington Nationals this season. Heisey also stepped up in his start last night with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Once again, the depth that Dusty Baker has on his 25-man roster continues to show up on a daily basis.
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