ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A.J. Cole getting called up to make his major-league debut in place of the injured Max Scherzer, everyone seemed to gloss over a teeny little fact last night: The Nats lost yet another ballgame.
That’s six losses in a row, if you’ve lost count, and at 7-13 overall they now sit all alone in last place in the NL East, a staggering eight games behind the division-leading Mets.
As has been the case for three weeks now, the Nationals desperately need a spark, something that gets them going in a positive direction before it really is too late.
And maybe, just maybe, that spark came last night in the form of Simmons’ slide, Escobar’s injury and the Nationals’ reaction to the whole thing.