Veteran hitter Tracy getting the job done

Veteran hitter Tracy getting the job done

Veteran hitter Tracy getting the job done
WASHINGTON -- Nationals infielder Chad Tracy showed why Davey Johnson wanted to overhaul his bench this past offseason. Filling in for the injured Adam LaRoche at first base, Tracy went 3-for-4, including a two-run homer, in Saturday's 7-1 victory against Phillies.

In fact, by going 5-for-9 in his last two ballgames, Tracy has raised his batting average to .235. He said getting his fair share of at-bats lately has helped him at the plate.

"Hitting is one of those things that you need to do every day to be really good at it," Tracy said. "Coming off the bench for one [at-bat], and then having another one a couple of days later, it's tough. But that's where I'm at. I try to do my best at that job. Nothing like being able to string a few at-bats together. It's more of your eyes than anything."

Tracy is also finding a way to get the job done as a pinch-hitter. He is tied for the Major League lead with five pinch-hit RBIs.