By Michael Marzzacco
The “injury bug” took another big bite at another key piece in the Nationals lineup on Monday night in their 14-4 loss to the D-Backs. This time Wilson Ramos was the victim. The All Star catcher was having his best season in a Nats uniform hitting .307 with 22 home runs.
In the sixth inning, Ramos fell down holding his right leg on a throw home. It occurred after a 20-minute rain delay. Without the bats of Bryce Harper (thumb) and Daniel Murphy (strained buttock), the Nats can’t afford any more injuries this late in the season. Harper and Murphy will return to the lineup soon but the Nats will already be missing star pitcher Stephen Strasburg with a right flexor strain. Strasburg is out indefinitely. Ramos had an MRI this morning.
The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI triple by Brian Goodwin that scored Stephen Drew. Arizona answered with a five-run fourth inning highlighted with a home run by Jean Segura and a three-run bomb by Yasmany Tomas. The Nats pulled within 5-4 after they loaded the bases. Goodwin drew a walk with the sacks full to score Ramos. Trea Turner followed with a two-run double to close the gap to 5-4.
That was the closest Washington would get as the D-Backs scored nine unanswered runs to take the opener in DC. Game two takes place tonight at 7:05. It’ll be Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.82 ERA) up against Matt Koch (1-1, 1.29 ERA).