WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a literal dumpster fire before the game, the Nats had a figurative dumpster fire on the basepaths. Add in the replay equivalent of the Nats baserunning on the strange over-ruling of Ian Desmond’s inside-the-park home run and it had the makings of being a frustrating afternoon. It was disappointing the lack of a call by the umpires on the field allowed the replay officials in New York to reward Justin Upton giving up on a play.
However, the Home Opener, even with its long lines and huge number of fans is still always a joy. The clock isn’t working though — no hands left.
Ryan Zimmerman throws one away and everything goes bad for Stephen Strasburg. He’s hurting. 6-2 loss.
A no-doubt-about-it homer by Ian Desmond is the difference as the Nats win 2-1 with Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper out of the lineup. Taylor Jordan pitched 6 1/3 innings of 1 run ball.
The Nats are 4-2 which is a good place to be, but it’d have been nice to get some hitting off of starting pitchers in the first week of the season.