The Washington Nationals stole seven bases against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Miguel Montero blamed the total on Jake Arrieta's slow delivery, which he says kept him from throwing out runners.

"It really sucked because the stolen bases go to me, and when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn't give me any time," Montero said. "So it's just like, "Yeah ok Miggy can't throw nobody out,' but my pitcher doesn't hold anybody on.

"That's the reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It's a shame that it's my fault because I didn't throw anybody out."

The seven steals tied a Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise record.

Dusty Baker called Arrieta "a guy you can run on" and said Montero "isn't throwing like he was before," and Trea Turner noted Arrieta's reputation for being "slower to the plate."

Montero has caught just 1 of 32 attempted base stealers this season, while runners are 15 of 17 in attempts with Arrieta pitching.