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At this point, though, it really doesn't matter how the Nationals lose games. It only matters that they continue to lose games, digging themselves into a hole that grows with each passing day at a time when they can't afford to fall any deeper into the abyss.
"Two months left, and we're 13 games back," Clippard said with a sigh.
Not to nitpick, but the deficit actually is 13 1/2 games now after Monday's 3-2 loss to the Braves, the latest in a long line of agonizing losses suffered by the Nationals this season.
"I mean, that's baseball," manager Davey Johnson said. "But boy, we needed that one."