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Desmond shines, Nats lose

Mar 5, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ian Desmond clubbed a grand slam, drove in six runs and made two nice plays at shortstop.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The outcome was no better this afternoon for the Nationals, who lost 11-8 to the Braves after dropping both split-squad games yesterday. And there could be reason to worry about a pitching staff that has now surrendered a combined 36 runs in three Grapefruit League games.

But as I've said before and will probably say again, you really can't pay much attention to the outcomes of these games. They're not trying to win. Managers aren't really managing. Players and pitchers are working on specific things.

"The scores at this time of year, spring training, you see double figures up there, it can be a little deflating," Jim Riggleman said. "Get in guys heads and all that. But we just kind of break it down to each individual. We're looking for individual performances out of a group that will eventually form a team."

So let's take the manager's advice and look at some key individuals from today's game…

IAN DESMOND — Wow, what a performance. Two-run single in the third. Grand slam in the fourth. Two diving stops to his left at shortstop. And he looked comfortable enough in right field during theRead more »

  1. HabsProf - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Normally, aren't the pitchers a little closer to being season-ready than the hitters at this time of year? ;-)I love this kid Desmond. I'm really rooting for him to be successful. Frankly, it's difficult to see how he can be worse than Guzman, who owes the Nats organization big time for his poor play over the years.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Could the pitching be worse than last year? It wouldn't surprise me.

  3. Jim Webster - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Guz needs to look over his shoulder.

  4. HabsProf - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Jim: We can only hope.

  5. John - Mar 5, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Baby steps, baby steps. Let's see if the Nats can hold the other team to less than 10 runs

  6. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Really hope the Nats go with Desmond at shortstop. Time to get ready for the future.

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