The Nats lost. That makes 4 in a row but when you have great pitching you tend to feel like these streaks are going to end right away. Like, tonight for example. Tonight Strasburg pitches vs a substitute pitcher, a live arm with a mediocre AAA ERA. You expect a win. If he loses, Gio goes tomorrow. Sure Matt Moore is good and has loads of potential but Gio has been phenomenal. You expect a win. Don't treat this streak as a thing until at least both of these games are lost.
As for last night, the story of the game was Davey calling out Joel Peralta as a cheater and getting him ejected from the game for having an illegal substance on his glove. Most Nats fans understandably took the position of "Davey's so wily! Maddon's a cowardly cheat!". That's what you do as a fan. I don't think it was that cut and dried though. I thought this move was bad baseball form, but great gamesmanship.
Why bad form? Because you'd prefer to win without showing up the other team in any way. You don't watch your homers go out. You don't steal up 10 in the 7th. You win but you don't embarrass. Davey embarrassed. Unless he was just informed of Joel's habits right as he took the mound, Davey could have addressed the problem without showing up the Rays. He could have went to Maddon pre-game and said "You know Peralta used to be one of our guys and we know what he does. If he comes out we're going to check him". After that no way Maddon sends him out with a substance on his glove. Problem solved and no one is called out in public.
It's also bad form because implicit in accusing other teams of cheating is the idea that you'd never do such a thing. Davey doesn't have the cleanest history himself. His mid 90s Orioles had some of the most famous proven (Palmeiro), and suspected (Brady Anderson) steroid users of the era. His mid 80s Mets were among the most notorious drug using teams of their day. Even in his playing career he has that inexplicable, out of nowhere 43 homer season for the "This whole idea makes us very uncomfortable so let's just agree to never talk about it" Early 70s Atlanta Braves. That's just off the top of my head.
Why great gamesmanship? Because screw everything I said in the last two paragraphs. Your goal is to win the games you play. Letting the Rays warm-up Peralta, put him in the game, and then pulling this stunt gives you an advantage. They had a plan and you've forced them to change it immediately. If that allows you to score a couple runs and win the game - that's all that matters. Maybe Peralta gets suspended and is out for the rest of the series. Maybe he's just thrown by the ejection and attention. Either way it would be another thing in your favor. Davey likes to play these psychological games with pitchers, accusing or implying that they are cheating. Mike Scott, Jay Howell, Orel Hershiser, Jake Arrieta earlier this year. Whatever it takes to get an advantage.
Was what Davey did a "p***y" move? Sure. But if we're supposed to wink at cheating, because the guys that do it are just trying to win games, then we have to wink at "p***y" moves, because the guys that do those are just trying to win games, too.