The Cincinnati Reds 9th inning rally fell short on Thursday night in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
|Washington Nationals (64-89)||3||8||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (78-75)||2||6||0|
|W: Corbin (9-15) L: Castillo (8-16) SV: Finnegan (11)
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Cincinnati had a runner on in the 1st inning thanks to a Tyler Stephenson single, but he was stranded on first. Delino DeShields walked in the 2nd and stole a base, but he was also caught stealing third to end the inning.
In the 3rd inning the Reds got a little help from the Nationals to start things as Luis Garcia couldn’t handle a grounder from Jose Barrero to begin the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, both Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson walked without seeing a single strike to load the bases for Nick Castellanos. But Patrick Corbin was able to strike both Castellanos and Joey Votto out to leave the bases loaded and hold onto the Washington 1-0 lead.
In the next inning the Reds got a walk from Kyle Farmer and a single from Jose Barrero to put runners on the corners, but that brought Luis Castillo to the plate and he grounded out to end the inning. Joey Votto singled in the 6th, but he was erased on a double play. Delino DeShields doubled to lead off the 7th inning but the Reds came up empty on cashing in a baserunner once again.
After not scoring in the 8th inning the Cincinnati offense had one last opportunity to avoid being shutout. Eugenio Suárez led off the bottom of the 9th with a single. Max Schrock came off of the bench to pinch hit for Delino DeShields and the move paid off as he lined a triple down the right field line to put the Reds on the board and make it a 3-1 game. Tucker Barnhart then came off of the bench to pinch hit for Jose Barrero. He grounded out to bring in Schrock and make it 3-2. TJ Friedl then pinch hit for reliever Art Warren, but he flew out to center for the 2nd out of the inning. Jonathan India worked a full count before being hit by a pitch on the hand. After being checked out by the trainer he stayed on to run the bases. Tyler Stephenson battled, but he struck out to end the game as the Reds fell to 78-75 on the season.
Luis Castillo didn’t get out to the best start. He allowed a 1-out double to Alcides Escobar and walked Juan Soto, but he got out of the jam with back-to-back fly outs. He would get the Nationals in order in the 2nd inning, but the 3rd inning didn’t go as planned. Washington put together three singles in the inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Luis Castillo was cruising over the next few innings, but in the top of the 6th inning Juan Soto led off the inning with a solo homer to extend the Nationals lead to 2-0. Castillo then walked Josh Bell and gave up a 1-out double to Keibert Ruiz as Washington put two runners in scoring position. Carter Kieboom struck out and then the Reds intentionally walked Andrew Stevenson to get to Patrick Corbin and it worked out as he struck out to end the inning.
Luis Cessa came on for the 7th inning. After retiring the first two batters of the inning Juan Soto added a second homer of the game to make it 3-0. Amir Garrett took over in the 8th and went 1-2-3 to hold the score at 3-0. Art Warren pitched a perfect 9th with two strikeouts to give the Reds a chance to win it with a slam. The Reds rallied, but they couldn’t quite claw the entire way back as they fell a run short in the bottom of the 9th.
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