Again, the Nationals have to bounce back
Last year after brutal losses, Nationals players dressed quickly and walked out of the clubhouse as if there was nothing brutal about them, their indifference shielding any sting. This year, the Nationals want to move from losses like last night's, but they want to feel it first.
"It's a tough loss," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "We'll agonize over it a little bit tonight. And hopefully get right back after it and win a ballgame."
The Nationals have so far struck the right balance between wearing a loss and moving beyond it. Before last night, four losses vied for roughest of the season: the two games the Nationals allowed 10 runs before the third inning, the 14-inning loss to the Dodgers and the game when Brian Bruney walked in the winning run at Wrigley Field. In each case, the Nationals won the next day.
Because there is a day game today, the Nationals will walk back into their clubhouse less than 12 hours after leaving it. They had a chance to move to 19-14, to extend their winning streak to four, to wake up Wednesday with a chance of finishing the day tied for first. They don't have much time, but their task now is to rebound from perhaps their most crushing loss of the season.
"We will," said Tyler Clippard, one of Tuesday's culprits. "That's what this club is all about. We fight, man. Yeah, it hurts right now. Sleep it off. Tomorrow, we'll be ready to go."
FROM THE POST
In his first rehab start, Jason Marquis got roughed up in Class A Potomac, Zach Berman writes.
With their fourth straight victory seemingly locked up, the Nationals bullpen imploded in the eighth inning and handed the Mets an 8-6 win that dropped the Nats back to a second-place tie.
NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Norfolk 5, Syracuse 3: The Sky Chiefs managed only three hits. Mike Morse went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk. Jesse English allowed no runs and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings. Josh Wilkie struck out two in two perfect innings.
Harrisburg 3, Altoona 2 (five innings): Bradley Coon went 1 for 3 with a home run. Chris Marrero went 1 for 2 with a double, raising his batting average to .216. Tom Millone allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in five innings.
Winston-Salem 8, Potomac 5: Michael Burgess went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Derek Norris went 0 for 4 with an RBI.
Hagerstown was off.
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