Arizona Diamondbacks One Pitch From Win -- But Lose Stunner On Ian Desmond Homer

The Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-4 road loss to the Washington Nationals may be remembered longer for the arrival of 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper than for the two-run, two-out, walk-off bomb by Ian Desmond that abruptly ended things.

Harper was involved in just about every big play in the see-saw battle, both offensively and defensively.

The kid has got it all going on.

Harper has been dubbed the "Chosen One," because of his mad skills -- power, decent speed, and a throwing arm for the ages.

Last night was only his fifth in the major leagues, and it was a beaut to behold -- for everyone but the D-Backs.

Arizona led 4-3 going into the last of the ninth after another strong pitching performance by lefty starter Joe Saunders, and J.J. Putz came on to try to seal the deal. 

He sure didn't.

Harper led off with his third hit of the night, a double to deep right-center. But Putz then struck out the next two hitters, which set the stage for Desmond's two-strike game-winner to left.

Tough loss for Arizona, but these things happen over the course of a 162-game season.

The D-Backs won't have long to dwell on the loss. They play the Nats again today at pretty Nationals Park at 4:05 p.m., with undefeated ace Ian Kennedy trying to win his fourth game of the young season.

Game will be televised on KSAZ (Channel 34) and aired on 620 AM.

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