Apr 6, 2013, 4:27 AM EDT
The scoreboard at Great American Ball Park tells the story.
CINCINNATI — In their long and mostly inglorious history, the Washington Nationals have lost more than their share of games in either lopsided or bizarre fashion. They lost a game by 14 runs. They lost a game in which they led 9-0. They lost a game on a walk-off grand slam. They even lost a game on a walk-off balk.
But in none of their 704 previous losses since arriving in town were the Nationals so thoroughly dominated as they were Friday by the Cincinnati Reds. By night’s end, the scoreboard read 15-0, the most-lopsided defeat in club history. It didn’t even feel like it was that close.
“We got our you-know-what kicked,” manager Davey Johnson said.
Remember all those good vibes and “World Series or Bust” talk after the Nationals swept the Marlins to open their season 3-0? Nobody was talking like that at the end of this whitewashing at Great American Ball Park, least of all the man behind the plate who had an up-close view to each of Cincinnati’s 19 hits, six of them home runs.
“I take a lot of pride in my work behind the dish, calling a lot of pitches and working on getting pitchers through the game,” Kurt Suzuki said. “And when stuff like this happens, it just seems like you’re handcuffed out there, like nothing can go right. … I felt pretty helpless out there.”
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