"The Nationals are a great team," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "They're a veteran ballclub that grinds out at-bats, making it tough on pitching. There are no easy outs in the lineup."
"We had them on the ropes a little bit but they had us on the ropes, too," said first-year Seattle skipper Lloyd McClendon, whose club opened with a 4-2 road trip. "They had good at-bats, made good pitches and kept grinding."