Matt Williams learned plenty while playing for Buck Showalter 16 years ago. Now he's using those lessons while managing against his mentor.
In a young matchup, with the Nationals and Orioles playing each other for just the ninth year, the elder franchise took game one in 11 innings.
Monday's 8-2 loss to the Orioles was merely the latest extra-inning disaster for the Nationals, who are now 2-8 when the game extends beyond the ninth.
A crowd of 35,126 decked out both in red and orange was treated to a highly compelling ballgame ... and then things turned ugly from the Nationals' perspective.