On the precipice of history

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Pretty much everything you need to know about the Nationals’ 14-2 loss to the Dodgers tonight can be summed up in the following quote from Willie Harris…

“Today was just one of those games you won’t see on our highlight reel, that’s for sure,” the center fielder said. “It was just one of those games where things just didn’t go right. It’s pretty embarrassing.”

Yes, embarrassing is a good way to put the Nats’ most-lopsided loss of the season. They were obviously outscored 14-2. They were also outhit, 15-4. They committed three errors. They had runners thrown out on the bases. They allowed the Dodgers to bat around twice in a span of four innings.

“It was not a good performance. It was not good baseball,” Jim Riggleman said, though the interim manager noted he was not at all displeased with his team’s effort and energy level tonight, issues that were called into question Sunday in New York.

This loss was notable for one reason, and one reason alone: It was loss No. 99 of the season, and it now leaves the Nats on the precipice of history. One more loss in their final 12 games, and they’ll lose 100 for the second straight season. In the last 30 years, only three other major league franchises can say they’ve done that: the Royals, Tigers and Rays. That’s not the kind of company Washington wants to keep.

Harris, for one, insisted he didn’t even realize the Nats were on the verge of triple-digit losses again.

“A hundred losses, that gets up on you quick,” he said. “No one here wants to lose 100 games. No one wants to lose 90 games. But you go out and you play, and unfortunately someone’s going to lose.”

It’ll be up to Ross Detwiler (still winless in 11 big league starts) to prevent history from being made tomorrow night.

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