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If you didn’t … well, you might be reduced to watching the Nats wave their bats at thin air and lose game after game.

On Sunday, these modern Hitless Wonders were in fine fettle. After scoring a first-inning run, they were shut out for the next 10 before Belliard somehow smacked a two-run homer down the left-field line in the 12th inning to provide a miraculous 3-2 victory over the unbelieving Orioles.

By that time, though, many of the 39,824 paying customers had departed. The way things have been going on horsehide fronts lately, it might not be a bad idea for some of them to check out a rival sport in which there are no pitching changes and games that often seem to dawdle along from here to eternity.