Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 6-15 (.285, 7.5 GB)

Projected Record: 46-116

Games Since Season’s Start in Which Nats Have Not Scored During First Inning: 21

National League Record-Holder for That Particular Statistic: The 2007 Washington Nationals

Parsing the Loss: Philadelphia 9, Nats 3. Forget about John Patterson‘s miserable start or Ronnie Belliard‘s error. The blame for last night lies with Jesus*. In the top of the ninth inning, Jesus Flores, hitting for Jesus Colome, struck out. This followed a groundout by Ryan Church, whose sometimes theological musings are well-known.

Barry Svrluga Metaphor of the Day: “a V-8 engine running on perhaps five cylinders”

*Praise be to Dave McKenna, who may be going to hell but has a very good sense of humor.