"He's a guy that we're going to say "he's done a nice job at Triple-A, he's got all the tools to be a big league player." We'll get him some games in the big leagues, but at the same time not sit anybody who has been going out there and given us a great effort all year." -Riggleman.
Yep. Upper management said they don't want to sit the starters who rushed us to what appears to be a second 100 loss season. Past a diving Vidro does a great commentary on Riggleman's words yesterday.
Well, despite the interview, SS stud Ian Desmond got the start today, and greatly impressed in his MLB Debut. He went 2 for 4 with 4rbis and a Homer. He looked right in his element and delivered with a 3 run blast in the 5th. An inning that also saw Adam Dunn hit his 36th, and the Nationals jump ahead of the Phillies 8-2.
Despite a brilliant offensive performance from the team and the youngsters, The Nationals got Natty in the 9th, and made it quite dicey. Errors from Desmond, and an interesting outing from rookie Zach Segovia, saw the Phillies pull to within one run, with the big guns Utley and Howard due up. Villone walked into a troubled situation, with one on, one out and the sluggers up. Thankfully, the lefty veteran yeilded only a single to Utley before getting Howard to ground into a game ending double play.
All in all, the Nats looks impressive under the storied arm of Livan and the young bats of the lineup and squeeked a win out of a powerful Phillies team.