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Good, Bad & Ugly: Bad Bounce Does In Nationals; Lose to Rays 5-4

Published by on June 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

"We haven't played the way we were expected to play. We're all accountable for what's going on."—Manny Acta, June 14, 2009.

THE RESULT:  A ball that hit the third-base bag and caromed into left-center field turned into a run-scoring double as the Washington Nationals lost their 45th game of the season, getting swept by defending A.L. champion Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, before 25,841 at Tropicana Field.

With one out in the eighth inning, third baseman Willie Harris was in position to field the bouncing ball. It was hit too slowly to get an inning-ending double play, but he surely would have thrown out the less-than-speedy Willie Aybar, who hit the grounder against Ron Villone (L, 3-3, 0.96).

Instead, th...

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