"Is the pitching good or are we not hitting?" Baker said. "When you're not hitting, everybody looks good. If you want to be around this league and have success, you have to hit good pitching."
The Reds were batting just .122 in the series against Washington before Sunday's finale, including 2-for-56 in the first two games. The Nationals' starters allowed three runs or fewer in the past 12 games, compiling a 3.18 ERA.
"We've hit balls hard and have nothing to show for it too," Baker said. "You cut down the opposition's reaction time by hitting the ball hard."
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.