Since the Nationals traded for Wilson Ramos back in 2010, he has shown flashes of All-Star capabilities as a catcher who can at times look like one of the best hitters in the league at his position. Injuries have always been his problem, at least until this year.
Ramos has been in the lineup more often to this point of the season than in any since 2011. But for whatever reason, his offensive numbers just haven't lived up to what many thought he would produce if given the fortune of good health.
That was not the case on Tuesday night, as Ramos drove in two runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over Arizona and snap a four-game losing streak along the way. He poked a single to right field off Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez that was just enough to bring Ryan Zimmerman home from third and Jayson Werth in from second.
"That was big because I helped the team to win this game. It was an important game for the team," Ramos said. "I just want to say thanks God and thanks to my family for their support. Like they say, after bad things good things come. That's very important."
Ramos reached base two other times on the night. He walked in the first inning off Patrick Corbin and singled in the third off Josh Collmenter. The 27-year-old catcher had not been on base three times in a game since July 5, and has done so just five times in 81 outings this season.
Ramos has been watching film of his swing in the 2011 season to help get back to basics and fix his approach.
"I was watching my swings from the 2011 season and that helped me. That helped me a little bit in my standing position. I did it today and felt more comfortable at the plate. I will stay like that for the rest of the season because I feel comfortable now," he said.
Ramos reached second base on his go-ahead hit thanks to a throw home by Ender Inciarte. Once on the bag Ramos clapped his hands and pointed to the dugout to celebrate. He explained why afterwards:
"Because every time I try to do my best, I try to help my team, and in this opportunity I did. It make me feel excited. In this moment, I have to enjoy it because this moment is not happening often. I have to enjoy it. I was trying to give more energy to my team. Everything I try to do is for my team, try to help my team win games."
Now he just hopes it will carry over to the next day, as the Nationals can use help on offense from anywhere they can get it right now.
"It made me so excited because I want to get my confidence back," Ramos said. "Now I will go back to sleep and try to have a good dream. That's good."