"I got a good pitch to hit," Espinosa said. "I was trying to look for something I could drive. I got over-aggressive on the first pitch and I told myself to just be patient."
Espinosa is arguably having his best season as a member of the Nationals. He is hitting .275 with five home runs and 13 RBIs. Even more impressive, Espinosa is not striking out as much like he did in the last five seasons. This year, he has 25 strikeouts in 102 at-bats.
"All I know is last year," manager Matt Williams said. "Last year his head was getting out in front of his body. This year, he is sitting down at the plate a little bit more and he is letting the ball come to him. Anytime you can do that, you have a better chance of having a little bit of success. He loves to play. I love to put him in there. He delivered again today for us."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.