Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 18-29 (.382, 12 GB)

Projected Record: 62-100

Worst Team in the National League at 7 p.m. Yesterday: The Washington Nationals

Worst Teams in the National League at Midnight: The Washington Nationals, the Cincinnati Reds (TIE, SUCKERS!)

Parsing the Win: Nats 12, Cincinnati 7. It is the bottom of the 7th inning. Washington had been leading, 9-1. Then RHP Saul Rivera walked in a run and was replaced by LHP Ray King. The home-plate umpire, Lance Barksdale, then called King’s 3-2 pitch a walk, bringing home another Red. The 242-lb. King argued with the ump and was ejected. He then had to be restrained by manager Manny Acta and another coach. An artist’s impression of this incident:

Barry Svrluga Noun of the Day: “outright shock”

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