Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 21-31 (.403, 13 GB)

Projected Record: 65-97

Opposing Pitchers Brian Schneider Thought Were Throwing First-Pitch Curveballs: 1

Opposing Pitchers Ryan Zimmerman Thought Were Not Throwing Curveballs: 1

Opposing Pitchers Ryan Church Thought Were “Making Stuff Up”: 1

Same Guy? Yup.

Parsing the Loss: Nats 0, Dodgers 10. Finally, a freaking loss! And not just a loss, a mulching, a weed-wacking, a power dethatching! Or, as Ryan Church would have it, a paddling. “That was a butt-whipping, but it happened,” the outfielder told the Washington Post. The dream of 120 losses is be fading faster than the Rule 5 love affair with Lavalle Levale Speigner, but philosophically, the Nats are strong.

Barry Svrluga Verbs of the Day: “succumbs,” “allowed”