PHILADELPHIA — Off the bat, it looked like a groundout to the shortstop. Not the most routine of groundouts, but a play Ian Desmond figured to make.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: After a fruitless night at the plate against A.J. Burnett on Monday, the Nationals knew they faced another stiff challenge Tuesday against longtime nemesis Cole Hamels.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Throughout the Nationals winning streak, they have found a variety of ways to win. Some have been pretty, some have been ugly.
The Nationals have won nine-straight games on stellar performances by stars like Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. Are they playing to their potential or capable of even more?