Espinosa hits his first career homer

The Danny Espinosa-Ian Desmond comparisons have been made on more than a few occasion, and here’s another one: Like Desmond, Espinosa wasted little time hitting his first career homer after he got to the big leagues.

Desmond did it in his major league debut last year, driving in four runs on Sept. 10 after being called up. And Espinosa, starting his first game and playing his second, hit one tonight in Pittsburgh.

He took a Zach Duke changeup the other way, blasting a solo shot to right in the third inning to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead over the Pirates. They’re tied at one now, in the bottom of the third inning.

As we talked about this morning, how Espinosa plays the rest of the way could have a big impact on what the Nationals do with the second base position after this year. He’s off to a good start at the plate, and if he can follow Desmond’s path, the Nationals could have one of the most exciting middle infield combos in the game by next year.