Aug 19, 2012, 4:05 AM EDT
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Michael Morse and the Nats were shut out by Jon Niese and two Mets relievers.
They packed themselves into Nationals Park on a gorgeous Saturday night, the second-largest gathering in the stadium’s history, and for 2 hours and 35 minutes they waited anxiously for an opportunity to explode.
Even as Jon Niese posted zero after zero on the scoreboard, the sellout throng of 42,662 sensed the Nationals would eventually do something at the plate. This team had come from behind too many times and scored too many runs lately to believe another rally wasn’t forthcoming, a sentiment shared by those inside the dugout.
“Put us in that situation,” Edwin Jackson said, “more times than not we come through.”
Except this time they didn’t. The big hit never came. And by night’s end, the Nationals were left scratching their heads at a 2-0 loss to the Mets that had to rank among their most frustrating of the season.
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