Ian Desmond went 5 for 5 with his 17th home run of the season in the Nationals’ 7-2 win at Coors Field on Monday, and he did it all while wearing some nifty, red stirrups.
“It was a couple of years ago, in this very ballpark, with the birth of the Rally Napkin,” MASN’s F.P. Santangelo said as Desmond crossed home plate following his fourth-inning blast. “And how about the birth of the rally stirrups from Ian Desmond?”
Desmond joins Cristian Guzman and Denard Span, who accomplished the feat in May, as the only Nationals players to go 5 for 5 in a game. He is one of six Nationals players with five hits in a game and the only one to do it twice. Desmond’s first career five-hit game was at Citi Field in September 2011.
Desmond’s homer, which gave Washington a 2-0 lead, came on a hanging curveball from Franklin Morales.
“I don’t look for anything,” Desmond said. “I just look for the ball and swing as hard as I can.”
After the game, MASN’s Dan Kolko asked Desmond if he could explain the Nationals’ offensive outburst (league-best 5.2 runs per game) in July.
“I think Bryce being back,” Desmond said. “Bryce being back, Ramos coming back. Plus, we’re just finding our groove. We were fortunate to win games when we weren’t hitting and now it’s just kind of starting to come together offensively.”