Buck Showalter held his tongue after tonight's 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, which featured 18 largely wasted hits by the Orioles and one glaring defensive error. If the manager called anybody out after another lackluster team loss, he did it in private.
Catcher Matt Wieters didn't mince his words. He was hard on himself for leaving "a small army of baserunners out there" and his team for not playing the kind of baseball he feels the Orioles are capable of playing.
"We need to play better,'' he said. "Spring training is over. We've played a lot of games and we keep making the same mistakes. We've got to start getting some runs and play better defense."
Pitcher Zach Britton looked like he had the Nats lineup under control until he allowed a pair of singles to open the fifth and Mark Reynolds threw away a very routine sacrifice bunt attempt that led to three unearned runs in a four-run inning. The Orioles came back to tie the game, but Britton had to leave for a pinch hitter during the comeback and reliever Jeremy Accardo gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. It would turn out to be Accardo's last appearance as an Oriole.
"I think it's really disappointing,'' Britton said. "How many times do you lose with 18 hits. Putting up just four runs on 18 hits kind of stinks, but as a pitcher, you've got to stop the bleeding. I didn't do my job."