Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga said it best in his book: the baseball season is a grind. 162 games, half of which are on the road. The Nats’ 4 game winning streak came to an end last night in Kansas City. As usual we struck in the first inning with a solo homer from Rendon, but later Roark got in a bit of a jam and allowed KC to get ahead 3-1. Murphy came to the rescue, along with Werth, who was acting as a DH, and Heisey with a beautiful stand up triple to put the Nats ahead, but in one of those rare instances of things not going as planned, Papelbon blew his save opportunity in the bottom of the 9th, allowing KC to tie the game 6-6. Ultimately KC went on to win it in the 9th, and the Nats are now 18-8. Fortunately the Mets lost to the Braves last night, so we are still sitting on top of the NL East.

A lot of people are sneering at Papelbon for his blown save last night, to which I say “get over it”. The dude has been lights out all season, and this is only his second blown save of 2016. I still don’t understand those people who are still angry at Pap for the great choke out. Bryce Harper has forgiven him and moved on, Pap has stated that he was totally in the wrong, so why all the hatred? Americans. They simply baffle me with their incessant moral superiority in all situations, even those in which they have absolutely no stake.