Four Cincinnati Reds pitchers combined to limit the Washington Nationals to a run on four hits in a 2-1 Cincinnati victory Tuesday night. All three runs in the game were scored on solo home runs.
|Cincinnati Reds (21-25)||2||6||0|
|Washington Nationals (20-24)
|W: Mahle (3-2) L: Scherzer (4-3) SV: Sims (2)
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As of 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Cincinnati stood in fourth place in the National League Central, 4.5 games behind St. Louis, 3.5 behind second-place Chicago, and 2.5 behind third-place Milwaukee. Chicago has won tonight against Pittsburgh, but at the time this article was posted, St. Louis was losing 7-2 to the White Sox in the fifth, and Milwaukee was losing 6-0 to San Diego in the seventh. So the Reds could pick up an additional half-game on those two division foes.
The game was scoreless and hitless through two innings. Kyle Farmer changed that on the first pitch of the top of the third:
Kyle Farmer goes yard with a Max Scherzer pitch! pic.twitter.com/lZT3UM4ERa
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) May 25, 2021
Max Scherzer, who gives up very few runs but many of them on solo homers, gave Eugenio Suarez a pitch he smacked long and deep to right, just over the high opposite-field fence:
Eugenio Suarez was put in the leadoff spot to break out of his slump.
It's worked so far! pic.twitter.com/AIuX46hlSQ
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) May 26, 2021
Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a single and double to improve his batting average to .359. Suarez batted 1-for-4 with the homer in his first game batting leadoff.
Starter Tyler Mahle was fantastic through 5 1/3, allowing only three hits and a walk. Manager David Bell came to get him with the Reds up 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, a Nationals runner on first, and switch-hitter Josh Bell due up. Cincinnati’s best pitcher, Tejay Antone, threw one pitch to Bell to induce an inning-ended twin-killing. He threw 33 pitches over 2 2/3 for a much-deserved “hold.”
Amir Garrett gave up a solo homer to Josh Bell in the top of the ninth, but Lucas Sims came out of the bullpen with two out to retire Starlin Castro for the final out. Give Manager Bell a hat tip for pitching changes that worked out well.
Notes Worth Noting
Former Nat Sean Doolittle was remembered warmly by the Washington Nationals faithful upon his return to Nationals Park …
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 25, 2021
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals
Wednesday May 26th, 7:05 p.m. ET
Jeff Hoffman (3-3, 4.31 ERA) vs Joe Ross (2-4, 5.72 ERA)