|Washington Nationals (24-33)||3||7||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (27-30)
|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 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.
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.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 31, 2019
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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)