Comparative dates on which the Nationals notched their 53rd win, each season:
2005 - 16th July (91st match of season)2012 - 18th July (89th match)
2011 - 2nd August (109th match)
2007 - 9th August (115th match)
2006 - 16th August (120th match)
2010 - 21st August (123rd match)
2008 - 1st September (138th match)
2009 - 28th September (156th match)*
*This was the start of the seven-match winning streak (sweeps of Mets home and Braves away) that ended the season for the Nightmare Nine of '09 and put just a tiny bit of dignity on the horrific campaign - prior to that they were well within range of losing fully 2/3 of their matches.
THIS DAY WITH THE '05 OVERACHIEVERS: Monday 18th July 2005 saw the Nats lose at home to the Colorado Rockies, 5-4, in the first of a three-match series, with the winning run scoring off Chad Cordero thanks to a Castilla error...record now 53-40...http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250718120.