When the going gets tough

Tuesday night’s devastating loss to the Mets may have been the toughest defeat of this young season to date. But after the game, Ryan Zimmerman told me they’ll put this one behind them and come back strong for the series finale on Wednesday.

Scott Olsen, who started Tuesday and left without a decision, described the personality of this 2010 team as one that is strong willed. He said they are made of a lot of guys who have fight, and it shows on every given night.

Cristian Guzman admitted this team is definitely different compared to last year’s squad. He said they were cliquey before, but this year everyone is together and they get along.

Last year guys wouldn’t always talk to each other. Now they do - both on and off the field. They are a team.

While they certainly missed an opportunity to take their third consecutive series, the Nats still have a chance to do that as Craig Stammen takes the mound in the game on Wednesday.

The bus ride after the game from the ballpark back to the hotel in Manhattan was extremely quiet, but you can expect the Nats to make some noise before leaving the Big Apple for Denver.

Stammen put it best before batting practice on Tuesday: They are earning the respect of their opponents. He said the Nats put in a good effort and every game is a fight.

We’ve heard and talked a lot about the character of this team. How they respond to this one should tell a lot...