The Washington Nationals had reached their lowest point since the first month of the season. Another loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night and they would be locked in their worst losing streak of the season, a six-game slide, compounding matters by having it come in the heat of a pennant race.

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson called a team meeting before the game, only the second time he had done so this season, to remind his players that he believed in what they could do, a veteran manager exuding confidence in his team.