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“I’d say [he was] about as upset as I’ve ever seen a ballplayer,” Riggleman said.

“I can be an emotional guy,” Marquis said. “I was just trying to plead with him to stay in the game. Obviously I didn’t get my way and just let a little emotion out.”

Luckily for the Nationals it was a minor blip on an otherwise remarkable night that they hope could help them leave the offensive futility of the season’s first seven weeks behind.

“This is such a good team,” Espinosa said. “People are going to start seeing how good of a team we are. We’re too good to let this just pass over. We’re going to carry this.”