WASHINGTON -- Jabbing his finger on a table for emphasis, Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson did not mince his words.
He let his thoughts flow freely minutes after watching his club reach a new low during an all-around poor performance, from Livan Hernandez's pitching to just about everyone's hitting, that produced an 11-3 loss to the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.
"I'm embarrassed for this team, because the fans are coming out here and being very supportive, and we're not giving them what they deserve. Not even close. And I'm surprised they're not throwing things at us," Robinson said.
"We deserve whatever they might do or say. I'm amazed they're still coming out here. I wouldn't pay to see us."
Imagine what must be going through the minds of the people who were picked Wednesday to pay $450 million for the right to own the Nationals. Some, including future team president Stan Kasten, were at Thursday night's game, a few hours after participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $611 million stadium project.
They saw the Nationals lose for the 10th time in 12 games -- including two straight to the rebuilding Marlins, who until this visit to D.C. hadn't won a series this season.
"It's big for our club, because it's the first time we've done it, first time we've won a series, first time we've won a couple of games in a row on the road," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.
Miguel Cabrera paced Florida's 12-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBI. Outfielder Joe Borchard, getting his first start for the Marlins after being claimed off waivers from Seattle, delivered three singles, while rookies Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla each scored three times.
Hernandez (1-4) allowed seven runs on six hits over five innings. Curiously, he again struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs.
Perhaps more exasperating, the burly right-hander was the only member of Washington's lineup with a hit through the first six innings, a two-run double off Josh Johnson (2-2) in the second. That was the only scoring off Johnson, who went five innings.
Washington's top four hitters in the starting lineup -- Marlon Byrd, Jose Vidro, Alfonso Soriano and Nick Johnson -- went a combined 0-for-13.
"The offense stinks. The pitching and fielding has been spotty. Too many mental mistakes and certainly too many physical mistakes," Robinson said.
Washington fell to 1-9 at home, 9-20 overall, and only one NL team has lost more games: The Pittsburgh Pirates, who, as luck would have it, arrive Friday for a three-game series.
"I guarantee you, starting tomorrow, we will play better," Robinson said, "and I will manage better."
Hernandez, who had offseason surgery on his right knee, went to 3-0 counts on the first two hitters of the game, walking both, and drawing a mound visit from Robinson. The boos and whistles from the crowd of 20,984 -- the sixth straight home attendance lower than any in 2005 for the Nationals -- began there.
Cabrera then ripped a 63 mph pitch to left for a two-run double. Wes Helms' RBI groundout made it 3-0, raising Hernandez's first-inning ERA to 19.29.
"A lot of people are frustrated, like me," Hernandez said. "I know I can pitch better. I know I can do it, but it's not happening."
It's not happening for anyone on the club that was the feel-good story of 2005, surprisingly leading the NL East into July with a 50-31 start.
"We're just going through a really tough spot right now," said Guillen, who's hitting .236. "We've got to find a way to start producing and play the way were capable."
Florida tacked on two more runs in the second inning, and Josh Willingham's sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot off Hernandez, made it 7-2 in the fifth. The next inning, things got worse with left-hander Joey Eischen on in relief of Hernandez after pinch-hitting for him.
Ramirez's hard liner went right at first baseman Johnson and hit off his glove for an infield single. Then shortstop Damian Jackson made a throwing error on Uggla's grounder, allowing another run to score. Carbera's double down the right-field line made it 10-2, and there was some sarcastic hootin' and hollerin' when Eischen struck out Helms for the second out. Right away, though, Borchard's RBI single made it 11-2.
It all helped Johnson earn his first major league victory in a start.
"I'll remember this for a long time," he said. "When you're winning, it's always fun."
Florida is 8-18. ... Cabrera's five RBI matched his total from the previous 16 games.
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||3||1||0||2||1||1||.286|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||3||1||1||1||1||0||.284|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||3||3||5||1||0||0||.337|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.179|
|Josh Willingham, LF||3||1||1||2||1||0||2||.326|
|a- Eric Reed, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.148|
|Wes Helms, 1B-3B||5||0||0||1||0||2||4||.250|
|Joe Borchard, RF-LF||5||0||3||1||0||1||2||.357|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.231|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF-RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||.194|
|Josh Johnson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Aguila, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Randy Messenger, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Vargas, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-singled for Willingham in the 8th|
|b-singled for Johnson in the 6th|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera 2 (9, Hernandez, Eischen), Jason Vargas (1, F. Rodriguez)|
|3B - Dan Uggla (1, Hernandez)|
|HR - Josh Willingham (6, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (13), Miguel Cabrera 5 (19), Josh Willingham 2 (24), Wes Helms (6), Joe Borchard (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (9), Miguel Cabrera (5), Joe Borchard (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Josh Johnson (W,2-2)||5||1||2||2||3||4||0||3.78|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 69-45, Randy Messenger 38-23, Jason Vargas 36-25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 4-7, Randy Messenger 4-1, Jason Vargas 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 19, Randy Messenger 8, Jason Vargas 9|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Jose Vidro, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.330|
|Marlon Anderson, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.305|
|Jason Bergmann, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Felix Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Royce Clayton, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.229|
|Jose Guillen, RF||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.236|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.245|
|Brian Schneider, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.213|
|Damian Jackson, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.240|
|Livan Hernandez, P||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.294|
|b- Joey Eischen, PH-P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Matt LeCroy, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.235|
|a-walked for F. Rodriguez in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th|
|2B - Jose Guillen (7, Messenger), Livan Hernandez (3, Johnson)|
|RBI - Brian Schneider (13), Livan Hernandez 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Livan Hernandez 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Damian Jackson (1, Wild throw)|
|Livan Hernandez (L,1-4)||5||6||7||7||4||3||1||6.29|
|IBB - Willingham by Joey Eischen|
|Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 91-52, Joey Eischen 23-13, Jason Bergmann 27-18, Felix Rodriguez 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-4, Joey Eischen 2-1, Jason Bergmann 1-2, Felix Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 25, Joey Eischen 9, Jason Bergmann 8, Felix Rodriguez 4|
|Attendance - 20984|
|Game Time - 2:40|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Larry Young|