Friday night Washington lost to the San Diego Padres 6-1. It wasn't the final score that bothered Jim Riggleman as much as it was the number of errors his ballclub committed. How 'bout four miscues! That's unacceptable under any circumstances.
So what does the Nats' skipper do but hold a closed door meeting with his team. It was, as they say, a meeting that went one way...Riggleman's way.
It was a one-way conversation mind you, but the end result was that in the next two games against the Friars, the Nationals committed no errors.
Is the ballclub responding to a tougher line being drawn by Jim? Or was it just a couple of games where everything went the Nats' way?
Only time will tell, but I do think the skipper got their attention. After all, as Manny Acta's bench coach Riggleman witnessed plenty of days and nights where errors cost the club runs.
They always seem to do that with this ballclub, and that's one of the reasons you'll find the team working on fundamentals, even though there are only 10 weeks remaining in the season. I guess it's really never too late to do such a thing when you lead the majors in errors with 94 - 13 more than the next club, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cut down on the mistakes and continue to get solid outings from the young starting rotation, and who knows what improvement we will see as we enter the finals weeks of the season.
Nowhere to go but up, right?