Desmond redeems himself with clutch homer (Nats win a thriller)

It had been a pretty rough afternoon for Ian Desmond.

The Nationals shortstop committed two errors in today’s game against the Reds, both of which led to unearned runs. Desmond had gone 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first four trips to the plate. He and the rest of the Nats watched as a 5-1 lead became a 5-5 tie.

But Desmond redeemed himself for his early-season struggles with a clutch solo home run that was crushed into the upper deck in left, breaking an 11th-inning tie and giving the Nats a lead.

The ball was hit so hard I think I heard it screaming as it flew into the stands.

Wilson Ramos then followed with a solo shot of his own two batters later, making it a 7-5 Nats advantage.

It was Ramos’ second homer of the day.

Desmond had been 2-for-18 on the season going into that 11th-inning at-bat. He had four errors in five games. But that home run will help him sleep a little easier tonight, as long as the Nats can hang on.

Three outs stand between the Nats and a thank-goodness-it’s-over win over the scrappy Reds.

Update: It might’ve been a heck of a lot more stressful than Davey Johnson and the Nats would have liked it to be, but a win is a win.

Craig Stammen allowed a run in the bottom of the 11th and the Reds put the tying run in scoring position with two outs, but the Nats held on for a thrilling 7-6 win.

Stammen struck out Jay Bruce with Brandon Phillips on second to end the game, and Nats fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

What a freakin’ game this was.

The Nats blew a save and made three errors. They hit five home runs, two in the 11th. Ross Detwiler threw six stellar innings and is an afterthought.

What a game, indeed.

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