Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is happy to be in the playoffs, but isn’t satisfied with just being a wild card team.
The Washington Nationals brought postseason baseball back to the nation’s capital for the first time since 1933, clinching a playoff spot Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Washington Nationals activated All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Cesar Izturis for assignment.
The focus in the All-Star game may have been squarely on Bryce Harper, and then Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, but it was the National who didn’t play who is getting under-shadowed. Ian Desmond’s bat is league-leading at the Shortstop position, and in his 8th year in the organization, he’s finally breaking through to reach his full potential.
The Nationals are sitting on D.C.’s first winning season in baseball in 43 years, with the most All-Stars representing the team since it’s inception 7 years ago, so it’s only fitting that, with an opening in 2015, Commissioner Selig brings the mid-summer classic back to the nation’s capital.
The Washington Nationals (49-34) weren’t able to head into the mid-summer break on a winning note, dropping the final game and series (2-1) to the Rockies 4-3, but as Tyler Clippard said, “You don’t ever want to get too comfortable.”
The Washington Nationals defeated the Rockies 4-1 Saturday, in a game that had plenty of fun highlights and mid-season accomplishments, but behind the scenes while 9 innings were being played, Bryce Harper is being told he’s an All-Star and Ian Desmond is admitting to himself that he’s not.
Last night’s 3-inning, 5-run rally back to victory against the San Francisco Giants gave the nationals more than just an improbably series sweep. It gave them more than just the confidence of knowing they are only a half-game back from being one of the 3 best teams in baseball. Last night’s 6-5 victory gave the Washington Nationals a night to look back on as a franchise turning point if they beat all the odds and bring hardware home in October.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore’s agonizing offensive struggle, and the Orioles rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday in a duel between neighboring rivals.
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.