Jayson Werth was ready to step to the plate for the bottom of the ninth inning, Heath Bell on the mound, the Nationals trailing by a run.
It had only been 48 days since the Nationals carried a nine-run lead into the sixth inning of a crucial game against the Braves and watched it all crumble away in horrifying fashion.
It took nearly 79 seasons of baseball in the District of Columbia for the home team to hit six home runs in one game for the first time.
Game in a nutshell: Wait, did someone hit the pause button at the end of last night's game and just pick things up right there tonight?
All year they've seen their pitching staff lauded for dominant performances and lifting them to the best record in the sport.