The Washington Nationals had yet to solve Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis until the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night.
With two outs and runners on the corners, Ian Desmond came to the plate looking to plate his team’s first run. Before his at-bat, the Nats were down 2-0.
Lewis made a mistake on a 1-0 count, though, as he left a low-90s fastball up in the zone and on the outer-half of the plate. Desmond did not miss. He took the ball to deep center field and gave his team a 3-2 lead.
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It hasn’t been easy for Desmond at the plate this season. Sure, he now has 10 homers and 32 RBI, but he is only slashing .234/.298/.420. He also only has six doubles.
This season has been the epitome of “hit-or-miss” for the Nats’ shortstop.
Maybe the tides are changing, however. Over his past 14 games, Desmond owns a line of .277/.370/.617. He has five homers in that span.
Even if Desmond doesn’t turn it around in the batting average department, look for more taters from him in the future.