The Nats/Phillies game just ended, and for the first time in the 2016 season, the Nats have been shut out. Since the team lost last night, they have also lost their first series of the year,  since tomorrow will be the last of the 3 games. Our record is now 14-6, and the Mets, who have won 6 games in a row, are 1.5 games behind us for first place in the NL East.

For whatever reason, our bats simply didn’t come alive tonight, even with the immortal Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy in the line up. You would think that after sweeping the Twins and the dramatic walk off homer in Sunday’s 16 inning marathon would have kept the winning fires going. Instead we’re stirring up dying embers as we prepare for a road trip to St. Louis and Chicago.

The good news is the Gio pitched well tonight, going into the 7th inning. We also got word that Ben Revere may be ready to resume playing next week, so that will add some potency to our lineup. While I have great hopes for Michael Taylor, he has not been a good lead off man.

We’re still in first place and the season is still very young. Let’s go out and win tomorrow and keep on winning series on the road and at home.