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Wilson Ramos, called up from Triple-A Syracuse to give the Nationals a second catcher while Wil Nieves is on leave to be with his wife and their newborn daughter, went 0-for-4 in his first game with the Nationals, striking out twice.
But the 23-year-old at least did it while building some good at-bats.
Ramos, who was acquired in the trade that sent Matt Capps to the Twins last month, saw 25 pitches in four at-bats.
It took him nine pitches to strike out against Derek Lowe in the second inning, after which he received some congratulations from Nationals coaches in the dugout. Ramos fell behind 1-2, but made Lowe throw six more pitches, fouling off three, before striking out looking.
His next at-bat was similar; Ramos fouled off four pitches, took three and swung and missed on one before flying out.
Ramos had a career .332 on-base percentage in the minors. He didn't get on base on Thursday, but he at least proved himself a tough out.
Nats' rookie Wilson Ramos talks with the media about his Major League debut