Nats react to O's sweep
The Orioles sweep of the Nationals on Sunday gives Baltimore a 16-14 series lead. It was also their first series sweep since taking three straight from the Red Sox April 30-May 2.
Before the Orioles embarked on this four-game winning streak they had won just four games in the entire month of June.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was asked if losing three straight to the Orioles –who at 22-52 have baseball’s worst record — meant his club had hit rock bottom.
“I certainly don’t want to go lower,” Riggleman said. “Our players are dealing with the ballgame at hand when the umpire says play ball. We agonize over a loss, multiple losses. But I don’t have any phrases like that to attribute to it. I just know that if your ballclub doesn’t play hard, I might say something like that. But we played hard, we played good. We played good [on Saturday]. The Orioles beat us.”
On the Orioles bullpen which has allowed just one run on 10 hits over the last 1 2/3 innings.
“They really pitched good, Juan [Samuel] used them real well and matched them up good. They did a great job. It’s a situation where we just didn’t get them. Sometimes you feel like you missed pitches to hit and didn’t take advantage of them. But they made a lot of good pitches.”