The Washington Times - April 11, 2009, 02:26AM

It’s 2:21 a.m. as I type this, so forgive me if I make any mistakes. My mind isn’t exactly functioning at 100 percent capacity right now.

Suffice it to say, the Nats are probably feeling a little woozy themselves after their latest loss, 6-5 in 10 innings to the Braves. They’re now 0-4, and this one was more painful than any of the previous three.

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Washington stranded an astounding 16 men on base. They left the bases loaded three times. Yes, they rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth, but a lot of good that does when you can’t finish things off.

Making matters worse, right fielder Elijah Dukes came up lame on the night’s final play — a single to right by Kelly Johnson that scored Jordan Schafer from second. Dukes fired to the plate to try to nail Schafer but was too late. And as he walked off the field, he was visibly limping and clutching his leg. Manny Acta said Dukes had a tender groin but didn’t know the severity of the injury. We’ll find out more tomorrow.

Until then, I’ll leave you with Adam Dunn’s thoughts at the end of a 3-hour, 58-minute game that also featured a 2-hour, 2-minute rain delay, yet ultimately ended the same way the last three games did: with a Nats loss.

“You can’t just sit here and talk about it. We’ve got to do it,” Dunn said. “But the good thing is, the last couple of games we’ve been in position to win it. One big, clutch hit and I think we blow both those games open. I’m not giving up yet.”