May 10, 2015, 5:49 PM EDT
When your teammate hits five home runs in three days including a walk-off shot the night before, it’s easy for accomplishments to go overlooked. Just because a player doesn’t make history, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a heck of a few days himself.
Wilson Ramos, for one, has been swinging the bat about as well lately as he has at any point in his six-year MLB career. In Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Braves – completing the Nationals’ first sweep of the 2015 season – Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The double proved the difference in a comeback win for the Nationals as it scored Ryan Zimmerman for the go-ahead run.
Ramos has now hit safely in 13 straight games, the longest streak for the Nationals this year. It is just one game short of the longest he’s ever recorded, a 14-game streak last summer.
With two more hits on Sunday, Ramos is now hitting .327 and has 10 multi-hit games this year.
“I feel good right now. Concentrating, pretty good swing at the ball, hitting the ball hard. That’s what I’m doing right now, and I feel comfortable with that. Try to get a good pitch and try to do my job,” he said.
Ramos’ double was against Braves right-hander Cody Martin, the same Atlanta reliever who gave up the walk-off homer to Harper on Saturday. Ramos took a pitch on the outside of the plate and watched it soar into the corner in right field, over the head of two-time Gold Glove-winner Nick Markakis.
“I was trying to hit the ball well. I was waiting for one pitch in the zone. I know Ryan was on first base and he can’t run for to score from first, but he did it. That’s good for the team, good for me because it was an important RBI in the situation because it feels great,” he said.
Ramos’ other hit drove in a run, as well. That was in the first inning when he poked a single up the middle to center field off Braves starter Alex Wood to score Zimmerman.
“He’s one of the best hitting catchers in the league, I think everybody knows that,” Bryce Harper said. “He’s swinging it well right now. He’s coming up big for us every single at-bat he’s having, he’s having good ABs. It’s just making everybody else better. To be able to have him going is huge.”
Ramos had one of his best games of the season on a special day for him. The 27-year-old catcher dedicated his performance to his wife, Yeli, and his mom, Maria, in celebration of Mother’s day.
“Especially on this day, Mother’s Day, I think if I remember, that’s my first mother’s day game, so I mean it feels great. Now, got my daughter last year, and I play this game for my mom and my wife, so that made me feel very excited.”
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