Ivan Rodriguez hit his 300th homer as a catcher in the second inning of tonight’s Nationals-Diamondbacks game, making him the fifth catcher ever to accomplish the feat. He joins Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra. The solo shot gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead over the Diamondbacks, and they currently lead 3-1 in the third inning.
Josh Willingham, who’s been slumping just as Rodriguez has, drove in the Nationals’ first run in the first inning.
A quick point, in light of Pudge’s homer; with his regression, the catching position has become possibly the Nationals’ worst on offense. The Nationals’ catchers had a .594 OPS heading into tonight, the lowest of any position except pitcher. Rodriguez and Wil Nieves have just three homers between them, and their combined on-base percentage is an anemic .272. It’s no wonder why the Nationals made the trade for Wilson Ramos.
Ramos, by the way, went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his debut at Triple-A Syracuse, and also threw out a runner. We’ll see him soon enough.