Graham Ashcraft allowed one run in 7.0 innings while Joey Votto, Matt Reynolds, and Kyle Farmer all homered as the Cincinnati Reds rode two big innings to a win against the Washington Nationals to open up their 8-game homestand on Thursday night.
|Washington Nationals (18-35)||1||5||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (18-32)||8||10||0|
|W: Ashcraft (2-0) L: Adon (1-9)|
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After Brandon Drury singled and Tommy Pham walked in the 1st inning, Joey Votto hit a ball halfway up the stands in the sundeck in left field to make it 3-0 for the Reds. That’s where the score remained until the 7th inning. After the Nationals got their first run in the top half of the inning, Cincinnati put things away.
Matt Reynolds led the 7th off with a solo home run to get the run back and make it 4-1. Nick Senzel and Brandon Drury followed with singles, and Senzel came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Pham. After a pitching change, Joey Votto walked and then Kyle Farmer clobbered a 3-run home run to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
Things were smooth sailing for Graham Ashcraft through the first four innings, having allowed just one single along the way. But in the 5th inning the Nationals got a 1-out walk and a single to follow to put two men on. Ashcraft clamped down and got a ground out and followed up with a strikeout to end the threat and hold onto a 3-0 lead.
After a 1-2-3 6th inning, Ashcraft returned for the 7th and gave up his first home run of the year to Josh Bell as Washington made it a 3-1 game. He’d give up another single in the inning, but get out without any more damage and complete his outing with a career high five strikeouts while throwing just 92 pitches.
Art Warren came out and pitched a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts. Joel Kuhnel took over in the 9th and had to work around an infield single, but he got the job done without allowing a run as Cincinnati picked up the victory.
Key Moment of the Game
If there was any doubt that the Nationals had a comeback in them that left the building along with Kyle Farmer’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Notes Worth Noting
The home run given up by Graham Ashcraft in the 7th inning was the first of the year he’d given up this season. He threw 32.2 innings without one in Triple-A and then another 17.0 in the big leagues before Bell connected on Thursday night.
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Washington Nationals vs Cincinnati Reds
Friday June 3rd, 6:40pm ET
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