Dessert is a pivotal part of every meal.  It’s not the most important part, but can definitely take things to the next level or provide a major dampener.  The Nats were THIS CLOSE to a series sweep of the Phillies…only to come apart in the 10th inning of a 3-2 loss.  Instead of the rough patch happening in the series opener, or during the Capitals playoff game– the extra inning meltdown was front and center on a Sunday afternoon.  It’s Jonathan Papelbon’s first blown save of the season (in six attempts)…but the sting of having it happen against his former team (at their place) leaves a less than ideal taste as the Nats continue their roadswing.

Bryce’s Big Bat- Harper takes NL Co-Player of the Week honors after hitting .346 with 4 HR and 12 RBI.  His 100th career round-tripper was a grandslam.  And even more impressive, his homer Sunday landed in the Phillies’ bullpen bathroom.  Distance and accuracy…

Last Week’s Heroes- Wilson Ramos hit .526 and is a great testimonial to the benefits of LASIK eye surgery.  Gio Gonzalez had two solid starts, notching 12 strikeouts to 3 walks while holding hitters to a .156 batting average.

Last Week’s Humbled- Danny Espinosa batted just .105…not what you need when there’s Trea Turner hitting .424 at Triple-A Syracuse.

Game to Watch- Wednesday Joe Ross takes his 2-0 mark to the mound in Miami.  The Marlins pitch ex-Oriole Wei Yin Chen.  How good is the kid?  And how has the veteran adjusting to the NL?

Game to Miss- Monday Tanner Roark faces Jose Fernandez in the first game of a four game series.  Not only do the Capitals face Philadelphia in Game 3 of their first round series, AMC’s “Better Call Saul” airs its season finale.  Sign me up, Slippin’ Jimmy…

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