After a stretch of frustrating road losses, the Washington Nationals entered Wednesday night’s matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies in search of a long-awaited big-time hit to avoid the series sweep and perhaps pump some energy into Washington’s uninspired batting order.
It may have taken eleven innings, but at last, Ian Desmond found it.
After trailing for the better part of nine innings in a pitcher’s duel between Gio Gonzalez and the Phils’ Kyle Kendrick, the Nationals (35-36) stumbled upon their pot of gold against reliever Michael Stutes (L, 2-1) in to snare a 6-2 win in the 11th inning.
The win leaves the Nats seven games behind Atlanta in the N.L. East and drops the Phillies (35-38) a game behind Washington in third place. [Read more...]