Nationals not a fluke

Wilson Ramos is one of many young Nationals impressing with his play this season. Brad Mills/US Presswire

Editor's note: This story was posted on Thursday morning, prior to the resignation of Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.

The Washington Nationals were down to their final out Tuesday against the Mariners, trailing 5-1 before a string of four straight hits, capped by Wilson Ramos' three-run homer, carried them to their ninth win in 10 games. Ramos' 432-foot walkoff shot didn't lift the 36-37 Nats to .500, but Wednesday night's win did, giving the team their best mark (37-37) at this point in any season since 2005. Ramos, a 23-year-old catcher acquired from Minnesota for closer Matt Capps, is among a handful of youngsters showing signs that they can be cornerstones of the franchise's next winning team. The Nationals' long nightmare might finally be over.