The baseball gods sentÃ‚Â this Reds team on a final, one-game trip to Washington D.C. – a city known for dysfunction.
Skip Schumaker batting lead-off again. Minor league journeyman hitting second. Brennan Boesch, batting .155/.202/.214, playing centerfield. Shortstop notches 19th error in half a season. Not a single young position player prospect getting playing time. The first Nats batter Jumbo Diaz faced hit a home run. The first Nats batter Burke Badenhop faced hit a gap shot. The first Nats batter faced by Manny Parra doubled.
Before today, the Reds had lost eight games in a row, having been outscored 20-58. Aroldis Chapman pitched once during that stretch, in a game when the Reds were eight runs behind.
The Washington Nationals have been a Lincoln Memorial-sized disappointment this year. Their season is in free fall. Yesterday, their closer tried to choke their MVP outfielder … in the dugout … during a game.
So, of course the Reds were almost no-hit.
Absolutely, bring the architects of this disaster back next year.
Brandon Finnegan gave up 10 base runners in 5 innings. He struck out 3. Meh.
Tucker Barnhart broke up Max Scherzer’s no hitter with one out in the top of the eighth inning. He’d also walked earlier in the game. Barnhart will be an important piece for the 2016 Reds.Ã‚Â Skip Schumaker drove in Barnhart for the Reds only run.
The one good thing lately:
Joey Votto walks in the first. He has now reached base safely in a career-high 45 consecutive games, 3 shy of Pete Rose's 1978 record.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 28, 2015
It’s hard to believe, but on August 4 the Reds were just 8 games below .500. With today’s loss, they are now 30 games below even.