(John Lannan sparkled against the Cardinals on Sunday. AP Photo.)
Nationals 14, Cardinals 5 (Saturday): Strange night.Jim Riggleman's dartboard yields strangest lineup of the season yet. Dunn hits fifth, breaks out of slump with HR, 5 RBI. Livo hangs in there long enough to win. Nyjer Morgan reacts to getting dropped to 8th in the lineup with an 0-3 night and yet another boneheaded play - this time at the plate.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 2 (Friday): Right there, but Strasburg's wake inspires meager offensive showing. 1-12 with RISP, 14 LOB. Scott Olsen earns another $100,000, but at least he lasted 6 innings this time.
Nationals 11, Cardinals 10 (Thursday): Bernadina, Desmond, star on Bryce Harper Day. Jordan Zimmerman's not-so-triumphant 4 inning return (7 hits, 1 walk, 5 runs) is an afterthought after 13 inning thriller.
56-75. 17.5 back in the WC, Elimination Number at 15. Do they have a ~20 game winning streak left in 'em?