Though his grand slam, 100th career bomb stole the headlines, Bryce Harper's home run wasn't the only one hit by a Nationals player in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Braves.
Catcher Wilson Ramos also left the park with his first homer of the 2016 season. His sailed over the fence in left-center field and gave the Nats an insurance run against Braves starter Julio Teheran.
The Nationals didn't necessarily need the run with an already comfortable lead, but it was yet another good sign for Ramos who is now batting .407 on the season. He is now 7-for-10 in his last three games with four RBI during that stretch.
Ramos has been putting in extra work watching film and in the batting cage with hitting coach Rick Schu, but he did admit the corrective eye surgery he had in spring training is making a difference.
"That helps me....everything's clear right now. After the surgery, I can read the pitch better, I can see the ball better, recognize pitches really well. I'm excited for that. Last year [was] a bad year offensively, but this year, this season I worked a lot [toward] trying being better this year and doing well. I wanna keep working and try to stay like that for the rest of the season," Ramos said.
Ramos hit just .229/.258/.358 in 2015, way down from his .259/.301/.410 career slash line. This winter he said he worked "three times" as hard to not only stay healthy this season, but also produce more for the Nats on offense.
Manager Dusty Baker is not surprised with the way Ramos has began this year given the work he put in before it started.
"His concentration level’s high. His balance is good. And he wants it. I welcome that. I thought he was going to have a big year for us right before the season started. He had an outstanding spring. He came in great shape," Baker explained.
Ramos also had a double in Thursday's win and has four multi-hit games in seven appearances this season. He's hitting as well as anyone on the Nats not named Daniel Murphy and is just glad to be helping the 7-1 Nats keep winning.
"I'm very excited right now because I'm feeling great at the plate, and I'm helping the team. That's my job, and I'm happy to do it," Ramos said.