Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 30-40 (.428, 9 GB)

Projected Record: 69-93

Number of Former Tigers in Nats Uniforms Last Night: 3

Number Who Will, Barring Sunspots or an Early Frost, Be Playing for Another Team in August Despite Freaking Whiffing Last Night: 1

Parsing the Loss: Nats 8, Detroit 9. Gary Sheffield can’t be controlled! But Matt Chico can! Draw your own conclusions about the future of the sport.

Barry Svrluga Adjectives of the Day: “gallant,” “too-close-to-call”