When Ross Detwiler got Devin Mesoraco to popup to the third baseman in the top of the 15th inning late Monday night, the left-hander extended a streak of dominance by the Nationals bullpen to new, hard-to-fathom lengths.
At that moment, the Nats relief corps had tossed 27 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. That's more than three full ballgames' worth of nothing but zeroes, a stretch that lowered the entire group's season ERA to a ridiculously low 1.97, best in the majors.
All streaks, of course, must come to an end sometime, so when Detwiler served up a 2-run homer to Todd Frazier — the deciding blow in the Nationals' 4-3 loss to the Reds — those dominant numbers lost some of their significance.
"It was just one bad pitch," Detwiler said of the 2-1 changeup to Frazier that wound up in the Red Porch seats. "It was stupid. It sucks that our team's out there fighting all night long, I make one mistake and I pretty much cost us the game."