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If there was one image the Washington Nationals may remember from a game they would surely love to forget, it was of Carlos Beltran. Standing on the top step of the St. Louis Cardinals' dugout after his second two-run homer of the game, Beltran reveled in a curtain call while Chien-Ming Wang stood emotionless on the mound.
The Washington Nationals received what Danny Espinosa called "the best news we could've gotten" on the second baseman's left shoulder when an MRI revealed only a bone bruise and inflammation in the shoulder socket.
From across the diamond Sunday afternoon, Ryan Zimmerman watched as Danny Espinosa sprinted to get Skip Schumaker's hard, bouncing grounder toward the hole between first and second base.
The ball sat on the infield grass, to the left of first base, and did not move. To the right, the Washington Nationals celebrated their 76th victory of the season. To the left, the Atlanta Braves walked quietly off the field.
Chad Tracy singled in the 13th inning to score Danny Espinosa and lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
The Washington Nationals insist there's still a long way to go, even as the days dwindle. That each game, regardless of which authoritative example of the gap between them and the rest of the National League it brings, is just one more step toward their ultimate goal.
As the ball barreled toward one of the many left center field crevices at Minute Maid Park, it carried with it the weight of an entire game. Four hours of baseball. Three hundred and 63 pitches. Twelve innings. The best record in the major leagues, a 3-2 victory, a 2-0 start to the Washington Nationals' longest road trip of the second half.
The Nationals shored up their middle-infield depth Monday, acquiring Cesar Izturis on a waiver claim from the Milwaukee Brewers. Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain, making the move for Izturis not only timely but necessary.
Danny Espinosa the major leaguer is a second baseman. Of the 261 big-league games Espinosa has started, only nine have been anywhere but second base.