(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez. Interim Jim pays a visit to Garrett Mock during Mock's latest trainwreck.)
"Freakish things are happening. That's where we are. And you know what? Let's get it out of the way this year. All these crazy things that have happened. We're due for a little better stuff in that area next year."
(Jim Riggleman, via Washington Post, 9/272009)
"It's the most frustrated, I think, I've ever been in my life. I know everybody keeps saying we're not as bad as this or that. But we're not winning. I don't know what you can point your finger to. I don't have an answer."
(Adam Dunn, via Chatter/Washington Times, 9/26/2009)
The good news: 8 games to go.
Braves 11, Nats 5: Loss #102 featured many of the same elements as almost every other home loss this season, including, but not limited to: Shoddy defense. Missing offense. Bad starting pitching. Rain. Late-inning bullpen meltdown. More rain.
3 more errors by the Rigglemen today, but don't blame the effort, okay? "If I see lack of effort, I'll address it," says Mr. Riggleman.
Sure would've been nice to win a couple against the Braves this weekend to put a dent into Atlanta's Wild Card hopes. Oh well, there's always next weekend.
This is where we should insert a Mike Morse pun, but we'll pass; thank you very much.