Lobaton three-run homer lifts Nats over Dodgers

Sun Oct 9, 2016 6:58pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The wind was whistling in from left field at the start of Sunday's game between the Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington catcher Jose Lobaton pointed this out to the home plate umpire.

"Wow, that wind is really bad for hitters," said Lobaton, a reserve most of the season behind starter Wilson Ramos.

But Lobaton, a switch-hitter batting on a rare occasion from the right side, was able to blast a three-run homer through the wind to left field in the fourth inning for a 3-2 lead, and Daniel Murphy added three hits and two RBIs as the Nationals beat the Dodgers 5-2 in Game Two of the National League Division Series.

"I think I hit it really good," the 31-year-old from Venezuela said of the homer off starter and loser Rich Hill.

"When it went out it was like, 'That is pretty cool.' I think everyone is going to feel good (going to Los Angeles). That is what we wanted."

The series, tied at one game each, will shift from Washington to Los Angeles on Monday.

Ramos tore a knee ligament in the final week of the regular season and now Lobaton and rookie Pedro Severino, who started Game One, are splitting catching duties.

"Losing Willie is tough for us," Lobaton said. "He is my friend. It is part of the game. We have to keep going forward. I have to try and do something for the team. I didn't try to hit a homer and I got a homer."

Lobaton now has three postseason hits and two of them are homers.   Continued...

Oct 9, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) hits a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning during game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports