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Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 22-32 (.407, 13 GB)

Projected Record: 66-96

Samson-like Pitchers Who Blame Their Cursed Season on Not Having “Short, Blond Hair” Anymore: 1

City Desk Nats Bloggers Who’ve Been in That Position for Much Longer But Still Manage to Work Every Day: 1

Parsing the Win: Nats 11, Dodgers 4. City Desk was at the game, enjoying $6.75 half smokes and $5.50 beers! We even bought a possibly unofficial hat from a vendor outside, who, looking at our selection, noted, “You like the black on black, eh?” with a raised eyebrow. Inside we were close enough to see Mark Hendrickson pine for his nomadic NBA career. Our new cheers for Cristian Guzman—Guzmania! I’m getting Guz-bumps! Guz on first! What’s good for the Guz!—failed to catch on with the swells in section 212. Shoulda tried for the Frank Howard seats in upper reserve instead; they know how to party up there.

Mark Zuckerman Adjectives of the Day: “nice,” “big,” “plenty”