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Ian Desmond Not In Lineup For Second Straight Game

Rookie shortstop Ian Desmond was off to a great start this season, but the promise has faded. After committing a key error (his 19th of the season) that cost Stephen Strasburg a chance at a win two nights ago, he was benched in favor of Alberto Gonzalez for last night's game.

The Nationals won, so apparently, the benching will continue in tonight's rubber match against the Braves, according to Mark Zuckerman.

Alberto Gonzalez in #Nats' lineup for 4th straight day. Ian Desmond not in lineup for 2nd straight day. 

Tough break for the kid, but he's a rookie. He'll recover. I hope.