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SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams gave some thought to benching Wilson Ramos for Game 3 of the NLDS in favor of Jose Lobaton, the backup catcher who worked so well all season with right-hander Doug Fister.
In the end, though, the Nationals manager felt like Ramos' potential at the plate outweighed whatever Lobaton might bring behind the plate.
"Wilson has the ability with one swing of the bat to change the face of the game," Williams said Monday morning.
Well, he was right. Sort of.
Ramos' seventh inning at-bat did indeed change the face of this game. It just didn't include a full swing.
Instead, it was Ramos' perfectly placed sacrifice bunt attempt, leading to Madison Bumgarner's two-run throwing error, that altered the course of this series.
"I have to play for the team every time," said Ramos, who was 1-for-12 in the series when he stepped up to bat with two on and nobody out in a scoreless game. "I know I'm not hitting well in this moment, but I have to execute.
"And I did it. I did it."
He did, though it didn't happen right away. Before he stepped into the box, Ramos saw third base coach Bobby Henley walk his way and lean in to whisper something in his ear.
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