A few stalls down, shortstop Ian Desmond was mad at himself over a baserunning blunder in the third inning. Washington had the bases loaded and one out. On a sharp grounder to short, Desmond was thrown out at third. The Nats ended up with no runs.
“I made a pretty big mistake running on that ball *** it just kind of flipped the momentum,” Desmond said. “They came back, put up four runs. I’ve made a lot of errors in the big leagues, but that was probably the worst one. That was a mental error. I wasn’t paying attention to the signs.”
Philadelphia tacked on a run in the seventh. Washington came back with three in its half of the inning. In the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman led off with a sharp double. Werth and Desmond flew out. The Phillies then elected to walk Bryce Harper to get to Wilson Ramos. He hit the ball solidly, but right at shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who made the easy play at first.
Game over, streak over.
Season over? Not just yet, the Nats say.
“We’re playing with house money,” Desmond said. “Everybody kind of wrote us off, and we’re fighting our way back in. Just keep on playing and what will be will be.”