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Though Washington’s bullpen took the brunt of the blame for the loss, a stagnant offense that once again was rendered ineffective was just as responsible.
Thus, their offensive woes continued for another night. Already one of the worst-hitting teams in baseball, they’ve now scored a total of five runs in their last four games. Over their last nine, the Nationals average 2.2 runs.
“It should tell every one of these guys that we need to get it going offensively,” Acta said. “It’s that simple. We’re 2-8 over the last 10 games, and we haven’t been able to score. It’s easier said than done, but we do need to score some more runs.”
Acta tried to coax some more punch from his troops last night with a reconfigured lineup that saw Ronnie Belliard bumped up to the No. 2 spot and struggling Lopez dropped all the way to the seven-hole, but the results were the same.
Other than Dmitri Young, who produced two more hits to raise his average to .339, the Nationals aren’t getting nearly enough offensive production.
And when an inept lineup shows up on the same night the bullpen melts down, the result isn’t pretty.
“This is a character-builder right now,” Young said. “Our luck’s a little down right now, but we just have to leave here, go watch a movie or some TV or whatever, go out, do what you gotta do, and be ready for tomorrow.”
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