NEW YORK -- It was by no means his best performance of the season, but it didn't need to be.
It was only 12 days ago when Ricky Nolasco was handed the ball by Ozzie Guillen to face the Nationals and didn't give it back to his manager until he had completed a five-hit shutout.
It had only been 48 days since the Nationals carried a nine-run lead into the sixth inning of a crucial game against the Braves and watched it all crumble away in horrifying fashion.
Game in a nutshell: Wait, did someone hit the pause button at the end of last night's game and just pick things up right there tonight?
All year they've seen their pitching staff lauded for dominant performances and lifting them to the best record in the sport.