There was Kevin Frandsen's complete mishandling of a routine fly ball, letting the game's first run score. There were two more errors by Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. There was a mini-meltdown of sorts by Jordan Zimmermann in the bottom of the seventh. And there was, of course, a heart attack of a ninth inning provided by Rafael Soriano.
This was not the prettiest of ballgames. And yet the Nationals emerged last night with a 3-2 victory over the Mets.
This hasn't necessarily been the prettiest of seasons, either. And yet the Nationals went to sleep last night 5 games up in the NL East, with a better than 90 percent chance of winning the division and a better than 93 percent chance of making the postseason (according to Baseball Prospectus' daily playoff odds algorithm).