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For each of the past eight games, the Washington Nationals have been the ones taking advantage of the other team's mistakes. The ones operating within a margin of error large enough to overcome whatever minor miscues cropped up.
As the ball cracked off Michael Martinez's bat and bounced through the right side of the infield, Ross Detwiler never took his eyes off it. He watched Bryce Harper gather it. Watched him unfurl his body and send the ball rocketing toward home plate.
The glove on Ross Detwiler's right hand bore the brunt of his frustration.
Just before 3 p.m. Sunday, after a weekend barrage of rain that accompanied the better part of the Washington Nationals' four-game series against the Atlanta Braves, the sun began to come out over Nationals Park.
Andrelton Simmons gave Atlanta a chance. Michael Morse had a quick answer for Washington. Morse had four hits, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning after Washington had blown a four-run lead, and the Nationals beat the Braves 5-4 on Friday night.
The irony of the trot Michael Morse broke into as he rounded first base in the eighth inning Friday night was the conversation he'd had mere minutes before.
Michael Gonzalez was a member of the Washington Nationals for just more than two weeks when he got Ross Detwiler's ear in the bullpen. Detwiler had made four appearances out of the bullpen after Chien-Ming Wang had bumped him from the rotation, and he'd gotten mixed results.
Maybe it's a cruel fact for Chien-Ming Wang that he has the misfortune of struggling in one of the best rotations in the major leagues. Maybe it's by contrast that Wang, the most veteran of the staff and its second-highest-paid member, has his issues magnified because of the four who come before him.
In the dugout, in the 12th inning Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as the clock crept toward midnight, Bryce Harper watched. He'd had a front-row seat an inning earlier when Elvin Ramirez, a one-time Washington Nationals' Rule 5 draftee, struck him out on four pitches — and more than one outside the zone.