Final R H E
Washington Nationals (24-33) 3 7 1
Cincinnati Reds (27-30)
9 15 0
W: Mahle (2-5) L: Corbin (5-3)
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The bats came out early and often, putting the Reds up for good in the 1st inning and they just kept playing add on in beating up on the Bryce Harper-less Nationals.

The Offense

The Reds got out to a quick start. Nick Senzel, Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Yasiel Puig all singled to start the 1st inning and they were quickly up 2-0. After a ground out, Curt Casali came up with a 3-run homer to make it 5-0. After the Nationals got one of those runs back in the 2nd, the Reds went back to work in the 3rd inning. Jose Iglesias, Curt Casali and Jose Peraza all singled to lead off the inning, loading the bases. An error on a fielders choice brought in a run. Nick Senzel would add another run later in the inning with a sac fly. Joey Votto capped the inning off with an RBI single that made it 8-1. Curt Casali doubled in the final run of the game for the Reds in the 4th inning, giving them a 9-2 lead.

Joey Votto and Curt Casali both went 3-4. Casali drove in 4 runs and is now hitting .298 with an OPS of .807 on the season. Jose Iglesias, Nick Senzel, and Jose Peraza all added 2 hits each.

The Pitching

Tyler Mahle took the mound and struck out the side in the 1st inning. When he took the mound in the 2nd he was holding a 5-0 lead. He cruised through 5.0 innings, allowing 3 runs while never having the game in jeopardy. The right-hander struck out 8 batters and walked just 2 – giving him 67 strikeouts in 61.1 innings this season. Jared Hughes came on after that, throwing 2.0 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Zach Duke, fresh off of the injured list, threw a shutout inning that featured a strikeout. Matt Bowman kept the Nationals off of the bases in the 9th to seal the win.

Notes Worth Noting

The win put the Reds at 15-13 during the month of May. WINNING MONTH!

Joey Votto now has 5 consecutive multiple hit baseball games. He’s hitting .591 in that stretch, going 13-22. He’s struck out just once in that span.

Curt Casali blew up the Death Star with this home run on Star Wars night. No, I’m not apologizing for that terrible line.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, June 1st, 4:10pm

Erick Fedde (1-0, 2.18 ERA) vs Tanner Roark (4-3, 3.20 ERA)

10 Responses

  1. Joey

    I dont feel like waiting untill tomorrow to say this so I’m going to say it now. Roark is another new Red to endear himself to the Reds fan base. Go check out the blurb on the Reds website. Saw his old teammates at a concert but was with a couple of his new ones, these are my teammates now was his quote. From Iglesias’ positive comments about this team and giving him the opportunity to play to Deitrich’s holding up the Cincinnati C on opening day. Then his comments about the Reds trusting him and letting him be himself and now. Roark with this. You could include Puig too but these guys want to be here, play for this team, and play for each other. That might not be measurable by sabermetics but I assure you it has value and will continue to do so as this season progresses. Go Reds!

  2. CFD3000

    Just watched the game on delay (MLB.TV) and boy was that fun. Corbin has been really good this year (.202 opponents’ batting average and coming off a complete game shutout) and the Reds righties (and Votto) made him look like Brandon Finnegan on an extra bad day. Gave up as many runs as outs recorded. Even Peraza had multiple bloopers, I mean hits. Bring on some June. This is the most fun we’ve had watching the Reds in, literally, years.

  3. Mason Red

    Surprisingly the Reds are in the mix after a bad start and I’m more than willingly ready to eat some crow because I didn’t think it was possible. Now the question will be if this franchise sees this as an opportunity to win now are just say it’s another step in the rebuilding process.

  4. Centerfield

    I am actually watching most of the games this year. 2018 was a lost season and I gave up half way through. The Reds may not be playoff contenders (maybe wild card?) but they are entertaining. I especially like the swagger of DD and Puig. It seems to be contagious. We’re no longer hoping to win, but expecting to win. Reinforcements coming soon and I “expect” the Reds to climb to at least 3rd place. I know this isn’t scientific, but this team “feels” good. I’ve been to five games so far this year and Reds won four. School’s out, weather is warm, let’s fill up the stands because this team will thrive on that.

  5. TR

    Two months in and optimism is building. GABP doesn’t look so empty and the offense is coming alive led by the offseason acquisitions of Iggy II and DD along with the revamped pitching staff. The question is can the Reds get beyond the three game under .500 hump and say goodbye to last place?

    • Doc

      It took eight or nine tries to get over the four under hump. This will be try number two to get to two under. Baby step would be to get to two under before going back to four under. Adult step would be a nice 5-10 game winning streak, something they have not had….yet.

      • Indy Red Man

        The Reds are favored today. Somehow the Nats are like 2-10 in Scherzer’s starts this year? The Cards finished May with a 6-12 record and Molina is on the DL. This is absolutely the time for the Reds to run off 4 of 5. That would make 7 of 9 and get them to .500.

        The offense is getting hot and Bell is settling down with his lineups. It could get interesting? I don’t think Reds fans are asking for that much? Just get to August and be in contention for a wildcard.

  6. Roger Garrett

    Great win and the bats showed up big time right off.Team is exciting and when its been as long as it has been in saying that its really exciting.We are 3 games under and play in the toughest division in baseball but we are competing and if that’s all we do and hang around record wise close to 500 I am good with it.As mentioned more good players are on the way with Scooter,Wood and Blandino.Can’t never have enough good players.Reds are still not as good as the teams ahead of us but they are closing the gap.Everybody they acquired in the off season has made a difference.Iggy,DD,Puig,Farmer,Roark,Gray and I am sure I missed someone all have helped to improve the talent level on this team.Hopefully we stay the course,sign some of these guys or trade for more talent as we go forward.The pitching will keep us in most games so for me our season hinges on the offense.How good a team is and will be is often measured by how many players you have that others would like to have and even trade for.That list is not as long as is on other teams but its growing I do believe.

    • Doc

      I don’t recall Blandino showing all that much, certainly not enough for me to be all that excited that he is one of “the good players” coming back.

      Scooter, yes. He has been very good and should be an upgrade.

      Wood, maybe. His track record is good, until 2019 when he hasn’t even made it to throwing multiple bullpens without issues, much less a rehab assignment against real hitters. I don’t know that his return will take the Reds beyond the top two or three rotations in the league. It would be nice if he does, but I’ll see it when it happens.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Your right but I liked it.Its happened several times where a guy who does have it that day is pulled in favor of a guy that doesn’t and the game is lost.Just never know if a guy has it that particular day so for me if he does and he can get you 2 or 3 innings and keep the lead or keep it close you do it.No lead is safe at GABP and what Hughes did was cover the 6th and 7th getting us to the 8th which really was the game in my mind even with a 6 run lead.The Nats pen is one of the worst in all of baseball and I actually expected us to score at least another TD but we only got a field goal and nothing the last 3 innings as we went in order.You just never know about relievers.