Desmond stays aggressive, not worried about errors
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond may be a rookie, but one thing is certain: He doesn’t let mistakes bother him. He proved it during a 6-5 victory over the Padres on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
Take the eighth inning: With the bases loaded and one out, left-hander Sean Burnett induced Oscar Salazar to hit what looked like a perfect double-play ball to second baseman Cristian Guzman, who threw the ball to Desmond for the force. But Desmond threw the ball past first baseman Adam Dunn, allowing Chase Headley to score the fifth run of the game. It was Desmond’s 21st error of the season.
“That’s just me. I hate to say it, but I’m aggressive,” Desmond said. “It’s really hard for me to say, ‘No, don’t make the play.’ That’s something I have to learn up here. I have to make better decisions, I guess. I handled the feed perfectly fine. The throw was wrong.”
But Desmond made up for it in the top of the ninth inning. With a runner on first and closer Matt Capps on the mound, Scott Hairston doubled to left field. Outfielder Josh Willingham threw the ball to Desmond, who then threw a perfect strike to catcher Ivan Rodriguez to nail Jerry Hairston at the plate.
Ask what he will be thinking about the rest of the night — the error or the great throw he made to the plate — Desmond said he will remember the home run he hit in the fifth inning to give the Nationals a 5-2 lead.
“I really don’t worry about the error. It was an aggressive play,” Desmond said.