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There are nights when a manager will explain a loss away by claiming his guys hit the ball hard, but everyone knows it's mere lip service for an otherwise lackluster performance at the plate.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals, to the surprise of nobody, got another strong start from Doug Fister.
The Nationals' bullpen, as dominant a unit as there has been in baseball through much of the season, has suddenly and surprisingly fallen onto hard times.
In what has been the most inconsistent season of Gio Gonzalez' career in Washington - and so far his worst overall since 2009 - the ups and downs have been dramatic and steep.