Pirates 4, Nationals 2: Death, taxes, and no run support for Stephen Strasburg. Fire Rick Schu.
So THIS is rock bottom? 6 losses in a row, 9 back of the Braves in the NL East.
Oh, but Strasburg was brilliant (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 12 K, 1 mistake)
Up above, Davey Johnson makes a half-hearted argument after Laz Diaz blew a phantom tag call on Wilson Ramos in the 9th to end the game (Screencap via MASN/TV).
But before you blame Diaz for a blown call, let's second guess and find out why: a) Davey went with Denard Span instead of Bryce Harper in the 9th b) Davey went with Kurt Suzuki (to bunt) instead of Ian Desmond (to hit) with the go-ahead run on first and no outs in the 8th c) Davey keeps going to Drew Storen when he wants to keep a game close. And then there's tonight's starting lineup.
At least Jim Riggleman had to guts to quit on his team and walk out the door.
It can only get better. How many days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training 2014?