In five innings of work, Ross Detwiler allowed 11 hits and two walks.
Yep, 13 baserunners in five innings.
Somehow, despite all the grey, pinstriped players moving around the bases so far tonight, Detwiler managed to hold the Giants to just three runs.
I’m not entirely sure how the Nationals lefty did it. He did benefit from a slick 5-4 double play in the fourth and has twice struck out Giants pitcher Matt Cain to end an inning.
Still, he’s incredibly lucky to be trailing just 3-1 as we head to the sixth.
Detwiler got his share of bad breaks, as well, like the two straight two-out infield singles the Giants got in the fourth. The two dribblers up the line traveled a combined 90 feet, but allowed the Giants to extend the inning and eventually tack on a run on a Melky Cabrera RBI double.
The Nats’ hitters have had much less success against Matt Cain than the Giants have had off Detwiler. Washington has just four hits through five and scored its lone run on a 6-4-3 double play ball off the bat of Ian Desmond.
Detwiler’s night is over after just five innings, after Rick Ankiel was called on to pinch hit for him in the bottom half of the fifth.
Update: Back-to-back homers from Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa in the seventh inning made this a ballgame.
Bryce Harper’s RBI double made things even more interesting.
Both longballs flew out to right-center. Desmond’s was his 15th on the season, tying Adam LaRoche for the team lead. This is the fifth time this season the Nats have hit back-to-back homers, and the second time in as many days.
Following the homers, Mark DeRosa delivered a pinch-hit double down the line in left, and after Steve Lombardozzi’s infield single, Harper dropped a double into left-center to score DeRosa and cut the Giants’ lead to one.
The crowd has come alive at Nats Park. And yes, Desmond is on pace for 30 home runs. Weird, wild stuff.
Update II: Three in the seventh got the Nats close. Two in the ninth won them the game in dramatic, walk-off fashion.
Harper’s RBI single to right tied the game, and three batters later, Adam LaRoche brought in the game-winner with an RBI groundout.
The Giants had a shot to turn an inning-ending double play on LaRoche’s ground ball, but shortstop Brandon Crawford’s throw to first bounced in and couldn’t be picked by Brandon Belt. That allowed Harper to score and sent the Nats home with a three-game sweep.
The Nats are now a season-best 16 games above .500.