On a night that showcased one of Ross Detwiler's worst outings this season, the Nationals still pulled within a run of beating their geographical rivals, the Orioles.
Having gone behind early, the Nationals got to the fifth inning trailing the Baltimore club 6 - 0. That's a hard pill to swallow and yet this team never gave up.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Steve Lombardozzi hit a line drive single allowing Roger Bernadina to score from 2nd base. That finally got this team on the scoreboard, and they began to figure out Oriole's pitcher Jason Hammel.
The next inning is where the shine came off of Hammel and the Orioles' dominance of the hometown Nationals. At the end of six innings the Nationals managed to pull within two runs and make a game of it.
It was about this time that Orioles manager, Buck Showalter, began swapping out pitchers faster than a woman changes her mind about a pair of shoes. It was insane. However, it worked to keep the suddenly alive Nationals bats off balance.
The final score of the game was a home run by Ryan Zimmerman. Unfortunately there were no runners on base and with two outs, Adam LaRoche struck out immediately after.
It was a hell of a rally for a team that should have been beat-down. They were facing a six run deficit against a pitcher who basically owned them for over half of the game. They had no reason to stay positive and think they could battle back, and yet they did just that.
Falling short in an effort like the one the Nationals put forth last night is a positive thing. Even right field phenom Bryce Harper had this to say about the losing effort: "We have some guys who are swinging the bat really well. It's just a matter of time before we get it going. We're a team that will never give up and we always battle to the ninth."
It's exactly that kind of attitude that will keep this team in contention throughout the season.