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Nationals Magic Number will provide daily updates as the Washington Nationals try to win their division. Today’s magic number for the Nats to clinch the N.L. East: 16
What else is 16: That’s how many beer taps at Nationals Park are devoted to local brews. Beginning this year, four concessions spread around the ballpark each offer four beers from local breweries, including 3 Stars, DC Brau and Port City. You can root for the home team while drinking the home brews.
What happened yesterday: The Nats gave up a five-run lead against the Phillies and lost in extra innings. Closer-in-name-only Rafael Soriano blew the lead in the ninth, and a mental error by Bryce Harper led to the Phillies scoring the go-ahead run. The good news is that the second-place Braves lost to the Marlins in a blowout.
What’s happening today: The Nats will try to avoid losing for the fifth straight time against the Phillies, at 4:05 p.m. at Nationals Park, and the Braves continue their series against the Marlins, at 7:10 p.m. in Miami.