Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 1-8 (.111, 6.5 GB)

Projected Record: 18-144

Closed-Door Meetings Between Manny Acta and Jim Bowden: 1

Beards Being Grown by Manny Acta Until Losing Streak Is Snapped: 1

Parsing the Loss: Atlanta 8, Nationals 3. The Nationals looked pretty good at the top of the eighth inning. That’s when Dmitri Young, Austin Kearns, and Ryan Church scored on a double and a single, briefly moving a win into the realm of the possible. But the five Atlanta runs up to that point had been scored on homers (by Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones), which would indicate a slight problem with pitching. That theory was confirmed in the bottom of the eighth, when Atlanta had four hits, Kelly Johnson driving in two on a double and Edgar Renteria bringing Johnson home. As Jayson Stark points out today on

Over their first nine games, 714 hitters marched up to home plate. Not one of them stepped into the box while the Nationals held a lead. (The only time they led in the one game they won, remember, was the moment the winning run crossed the plate in the ninth inning.) That’s gotta be a record that will never be broken.

Barry Svrluga Adjectives of the Day: “positive”, “resilient”