|Cincinnati Reds (56-61)
|Washington Nationals (63-55)
|W: E. Fedde (3-2) L: A. DeSclafani (7-7) S: S. Doolittle (27)|
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1J.R. House stands, sentry-like near the third base box, cheerfully waving runners home like a Walmart greeter waving customers to the homewares section. In tonight’s first inning, he sent Joey Votto, known for his wheels, right?, plate ward. Votto was out by a Bob Evans Country Mile, undermining what could have been a very productive inning against Erick Fedde. Still, a first pitch home run by Jesse Winker—his 10th opposite field HR of the season—gave the Reds the early lead. In the bottom of the inning, erstwhile Cardinal Matt Adams continued to torment Reds’ pitching, albeit in a different shade of red, going deep to centerfield to quickly erase the good guys’ early lead.
2Jose Iglesias brought the Reds a run closer in the 2nd, doubling in Tucker Barnhart. All season, Iglesias has been coming up with huge hits in key situations. Just another night for the Reds SS. Ho hum.
4In the 4th inning with his pitch count climbing, it was clear Disco was not going to be around long. By allowing pitcher Fedde to slap a 2-out single into right field, DeSclafani extended the inning for leadoff hitter Trea Turner. His 3-run jack came on Disco’s 76th pitch of the game, putting the Reds in a hole they could not climb out of.
6Fedde appeared to be on the ropes, wobbling in 6th as he crossed the 100 pitch threshold, but the Reds couldn’t get the big hit.
8In fact, Reds bats went largely silent until the 8th inning, when Aristides Aquino left the surly bonds of planet Earth for his 8th HR of his very short career, bringing the Reds to within 3.
9Sean Doolittle had no sooner finished licking his wounds from yet another beatdown at the hands of the New York Mets over the weekend, when Phillip Ervin tattooed him for a solo HR in the ninth. Jose Iglesias continued his fine night, singling before Votto doubled off the wall to nearly bring Doolittle to his knees. However, Josh VanMeter would pop out in foul territory to end the game, leaving Doolittle red-faced, but with the save.
Aquino has become the first player in major league baseball history to hit 8 home runs in his first 12 career games. Jose Iglesias must have heard the footsteps of Freddy Galvis. Jose Iglesias went 3-4, with a double, triple and single. Joey Votto had 2 hits and 2 walks in another Votto-like night. Kevin Gausman acquitted himself well, pitching 2 solid innings.
Starting pitching. DeSclafani continued his recent trend of giving up multiple runs in the first inning, handcuffing the Reds before the game has barely begun.
This loss was just another in what seems like an endless stream of games this season that were oh so winnable, but slipped through the hands like sand in an hourglass of a season that is running out of time.
Surely it was those sweet Cueto-like locks that sealed the deal, as the Reds picked up Freddy Galvis today. It’s sure looks like a savvy pick up for the Reds, who has been a nice surprise with the bat this season, to go along with an outstanding glove. Now, the Reds have another smooth fielding Venezuelan shortstop. Davey… meet Freddy.
All in one motion. How?! ? pic.twitter.com/Jb3RHd6ePK
— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2018