Bill Ladson

Desmond in exclusive SS club with third 20/20

Desmond in exclusive SS club with third 20/20

NEW YORK -- Shortstop Ian Desmond set a personal milestone in the Nationals' 10-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night, as he reached the 20/20 (homers and stolen bases) plateau for the third straight season.

Desmond joins Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins and Alex Rodriguez as the only shortstops in Major League history to go 20/20 at least three times. Desmond didn't even know which players were on the historical short list, as he said the ultimate goal is to win the World Series.

Desmond, who had 22 home runs entering Saturday, stole his 20th base in the fourth inning against right-hander Zach Wheeler. After he reached third, Desmond scored on a throwing error by catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Desmond downplayed his accomplishment.

"This is something I'm not going talk too much about," Desmond said about the 20/20 milestone. "I'm really happy where we are at as a team. We are playing pretty good baseball. It's just an exciting time of the year for everybody.

"Individual stuff has never exited me. Like I said, I'm really happy that we are playing really good baseball. We kind of extended the lead in our division. We are putting ourselves in a good position to get to the postseason."

Desmond swiped his 21st base after hitting a two-run single in the Nationals' three-run fifth that helped them trim their magic number to win the NL East to six games.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.