(Cristian Guzman's throwing error in the ninth on a game-ending double-play ball by Julio Lugo allowed the winning run to score. AP Photo via Daylife.)
"You can't really put a finger on it. We had 10 different ways to win that game, and we lost it 10 different ways."
(EEIan Desmond, via Washington Post, 6/26/2010)
"You saw it. I'm not going to say anything specific, but the way we are playing in general -- defensively -- it isn't good enough. We do a lot of talking about it. We are out there working on it. But for some reason ... I really can't explain it. I know we put the work in. I feel bad for the players. It's an issue for them. They see the number of errors. They see the games get away from us, because we are not making plays. We have to find a way to change that."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals.com, 6/26/2010)
Clipp n' Guz, n' Riggs n' Lose
"I have to tip my hat to this team, after falling behind. These guys didn't quit. We kept plugging and plugging."
(Juan Samuel, via Baltimore Sun, 6/26/2010)
Nats give the worst team in basebal a run for their money.
Desmond and Guzman stunk, but Jim Riggleman gets a heaping plate of blame pie for this one.
J.D. Martin pulled too soon, Tyler Clippard pulled too late.
Hinges break off visiting bullpen door at Camden Yards: Riggleman pulls J.D. Martin after 80 pitches (0 ER) in the 5th, followed by Slaten, Batista, Burnett, Storen, Clippard, Capps.
Nyjer Morgan's big night out, chance to finally wear the Silver Fox, ruined.