Washington Nationals pitcher Josiah Gray showed the Cincinnati Reds why they may regret trading him away by beating the Reds 8-5 before 19,032 at Great American Ball Park.
|Washington Nationals (19-35)||8||12||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (18-33)
|W: Gray (6-4) L: Minor (0-1) SV: Rainey (6)
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Gray was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 2018 along with Homer Bailey and Jeter Downs for Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Kyle Farmer and cash reported to be around $7 million. Righthander Gray, considered a top prospect, then went to the Nationals last year in a trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trey Turner to LA.
Gray entered tonight’s game with a 5.08 ERA. But after a first-inning blast by Tommy Pham, Reds batters touched him for only one other hit over six innings. Washington outfielder Lane Thomas backed Gray with his best Scooter Gennett impression, blasting three homers. But In his final at-bat in the eighth, and a shot at the four-homers-in-one-game club, Thomas flied out to Nick Senzel in center.
Despite the loss, Cincinnati remained slightly ahead of Washington in the titanic struggle to avoid the worst record in the National League. Cincinnati’s 18-33 record equates to a .3529 winning percentage, while Washington’s 19-35 record calculates to .3518.
It didn’t take the home team long to take the early lead. With one out in the bottom of the first, Brandon Drury reached on a throwing error by Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia, followed by this:
That's gone, Pham. pic.twitter.com/aaqA6tlwkq
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 3, 2022
But Cincinnati’s only other hit against Gray was a third-inning single by Matt Reynolds.
Cincinnati snapped out of the offensive slumber in the eighth against Nationals righty Victor Arano. After inning-opening singles by Senzel and Brandon Drury, Joey Votto did some damage:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 4, 2022
Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan then surrendered a two-out hit to Mike Moustakas, but that was the extent of the rally.
And speaking of ones that got away, former Red Tanner Rainey entered the game in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save. The Reds sent Rainey to Washington in the same month as the Gray deal in exchange for Tanner Roark.
Mike Minor had a quick and efficient first inning, retiring Washington on eight pitches. But it was bumpy the rest of the way. The lefty making his first Cincinnati start surrendered five runs, including three homers, in four innings. The beat rolled on against Vladimir Gutierrez and Jeff Hoffman, who surrendered six hits and one Thomas homer each in a combined 2 1/3 innings.
Joel Kuhnel, Ross Detwiler and Luis Cessa blanked Washington over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Reds pitchers only walked two batters, but they consistently fell behind Washington batters early in the count. That contributed to Cincinnati hurlers surrendering five round-trippers.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
Saturday, June 4, 4:10 p.m. ET
Eric Fedde (3-4, 4.60 ERA) vs. Tyler Mahle (2-5, 5.53 ERA)