After taking the first two of a three-game series, the Washington Nationals dropped the finale last night to the Atlanta Braves. Their lead in the National League East was cut to six games and their league leading record now stands at 77-47.
The good news for the Nationals, however, is two-fold. Not only will they see the Braves just three more times in the regular season, which will force the Braves to rely on sub-.500 teams to assist them in closing the gap in the NL East, they will enjoy what to them must seem like a foreign concept – a day off.
Since the All-Star break, the Nationals have had just two off-days prior to today. Their post All-Star break schedule has been a grueling one indeed, and included a stretch during which the Nationals played 35 games in 34 days. After a short day of rest, the team will be off to Philadelphia, where they will begin a three-game series with the Phillies.
For now, here is a look at some of the stories from yesterday that you may have missed amidst the excitement of a potential series sweep. Continue reading