Werth's blast one-ups Desmond's highlight catch
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals catches a fly ball hit by Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning during Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Jayson Werth ended up the hero.
In the top of the ninth, though, it was a superb running catch by Washington shortstop Ian Desmond that potentially saved the Cardinals from taking a 2-1 lead.
With two out and Pete Kozma on first, pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter had worked the count full against closer Drew Storen.
Carpenter swung on the next pitch and hit a flare up the third base line in shallow left.
Desmond immediately took off and almost overran the ball as he made a stretching, twisting catch that ended with him falling to the ground.
Kozma, taking off on the pitch, was nearing third by the time Desmond squeezed the ball. Had it fallen it, he may have been able to score the go-ahead run.
“That was an unbelievable play,” Storen said. “I saw it popped up off the bat and I didn’t really think anything of it and I saw Desi run out there and make a really good play. That’s what he can do. He can make those plays that nobody else can get to.”
Desmond said it’s a play he practices on a daily basis.
“I practice it every day,” he said. “I think the biggest thing with the stadium being as loud as it was to just commit to going after it and not worrying about Mike (Left fielder Michael Morse). That could be a situation where we both run into each other or whatever.”
The Nats are now in the same position as St. Louis and whoever wins on Friday moves on to play against the San Francisco Giants.
“We feel good, we’ve felt good the whole series,” Desmond said. “To be at home is what we worked so hard for. We obviously believe in ourselves and it’s just a matter of coming out and playing good baseball.”