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Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 6-13 (.315, 6.5 GB)

Projected Record: 51-111

Opposing Squads Expressing Shock That Manny Acta Took the Surprisingly Dominating Jason Bergmann Out in the Sixth: 1

Nationals Managers Who Have Threatened to Start Pitching Themselves: 1*

Parsing the Loss: Philadelphia 6, Nationals 3. The Phillies are arguably the worst team in the National League East. Unfortunately, the Nats are losing that argument with late-game collapses such as last night’s, a game they were leading until the seventh inning, when Aaron Rowand homered off reliever Saul Rivera. Ryan Zimmerman‘s error in the eighth put Philly ahead, and Carlos Ruiz‘s RBI single that followed sealed their victory.

Barry Svrluga Adjectives of the Day: “epic,” “shocking”

* “Even with right-hander Jerome Williams offering nearly nothing Sunday in a 12-6 loss to Florida, Acta knew he had only three relievers he felt he could use — setup man Jon Rauch, closer Chad Cordero and Levale Speigner ‘in an emergency,’ Acta said, ‘and myself if they allowed me to pitch.'”