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“I don’t think I can win a chess game against Tony,” Washington said before Game 2. “National League is a different type of game. There’s all kinds of moving parts, and once again, it just comes down to the players (executing) in whatever position you put them in, and last night, Craig executed and we didn’t.

“I don’t have the experienced pinch hitters that a National League team has because they do it so often. I’ve got nine guys that are healthy, that have gotten us to this point, and if those nine guys are healthy, usually during the course of our season, our extra guys get work when we want to give them rest. So they don’t get a whole lot of pinch-hitting opportunity. But I do trust them, and I do believe in some situations certain guys can deliver for you. Last night ours didn’t deliver. We move on,” he said.

Washington threw batting practice himself to Hamilton, who hasn’t homered in the postseason. Last year’s AL MVP went 0 for 4 in Game 1 and said his lingering groin injury is getting a bit worse.

If this were the regular season, he says he would probably be on the disabled list right now.