Desmond said he was clearly at fault and should have allowed Uggla to catch the ball.
"It was pretty embarrassing," Desmond said. "I felt like one of those little leaguers. I just looked up and I didn't hear anything and I just kept on going for it. I didn't want to let it hit the ground, so I'm going to call it and try to get it."
Uggla put blame on himself, saying he should have been louder when it came to calling the ball.
"I wasn't loud enough. I have to be louder in that situation," Uggla said. "[Desmond] is the shortstop. If he doesn't hear anything or see anybody underneath it, he has to go after it. That's him being aggressive, and that's what makes him an awesome player."
An inning later, Desmond made a throwing error on the ball hit by Juan Lagares, who then scored on a triple by Travis d'Arnaud.
"I just rushed it, I had so much time," Desmond said. "These are all the quotes you could take from the last five years for the month of April. Hopefully, we can put this behind us quickly and get this next game going."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.