An error by Kyle Farmer in the 4th inning led to two unearned runs crossing the plate that put the Nationals ahead for good, but a mental error on the basepaths in the 9th inning that saw Nick Senzel picked off by the catcher with the tying run on second base ended the game as the Cincinnati Reds dropped three of four to open their 8-game home stand.
|Washington Nationals (20-35)||5||7||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (18-34)||4||12||2|
|W: Corbin (2-8) L: Castillo (2-3) SV: Cishek (1)|
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Trailing 2-0 before they even came to the plate, Cincinnati’s offense got going in a hurry. Nick Senzel and Tommy Pham each had singles before Joey Votto doubled to tie the game up at 2-2. Tyler Stephenson followed up with a double of his own to put the Reds ahead 3-2.
Tommy Pham led off the 3rd inning with a single and he stole second base. He was stranded there, and it was the last time a Reds runner reached second base until the 8th inning. Trailing 5-3, Brandon Drury reached on a fielding error by the pitcher to lead off the inning, and unfortunately Victor Arano also injured himself on the play and was replaced. Pham then singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd for Joey Votto. It wasn’t meant to be in that situation as Votto grounded into a double play, moving Pham up to third. Tyler Stephenson came through with an RBI single to make it a 1-run game.
With the score at 5-4 entering the bottom of the 9th, Albert Almora Jr. walked to lead off the inning. Mike Moustakas popped out in foul territory for the first out. Alejo Lopez took the first pitch he saw and lined out to center. Nick Senzel then legged out an infield single that was challenged by the Nationals and the call stood, placing the winning run at first. Brandon Drury came to the play, but he didn’t get an opportunity to do much after a ball on the second pitch of the at-bat was then fired down to first base and Senzel was picked off to end the game. Cincinnati challenged the play, but just like the one before it, the call on the field stands.
Washington didn’t waste much time getting to Luis Castillo. Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a walk and moved to third on a double by Lane Thomas. Castillo got close to escaping after getting a ground out and a strikeout, but Josh Bell doubled with two outs to plate both runners and put the Nationals up 2-0.
Castillo was cruising through the next two innings and he held a 3-2 lead, but an error by Kyle Farmer allowed the leadoff runner to reach in the 4th. A walk, single, and a ground out later led to two unearned runs against the righty and put the Nationals back on top 4-3. A long solo home run in the 6th inning by Maikel Franco made it 5-3 in the 6th inning. In the 7th Castillo retired the first batter, but the next two batters reached before Art Warren was called in out of the bullpen and he stranded the runners by inducing a double play from Nelson Cruz. Warren returned for the 8th and threw a shutout inning to keep the score at 5-3.
Jared Solomon, who was just recalled from Triple-A prior to the game, took over for Cincinnati in the 9th inning. He allowed a single to start the inning, but he worked around it to hold the Nationals lead to one and give the Reds offense one more opportunity. They couldn’t get it done.
Key Moment of the Game
Nick Senzel was picked off at first base by the catcher to end the game with the tying run on second.
Notes Worth Noting
The Washington Nationals entered the series with a worse record than the Reds. They no longer have a worse record than the Reds.
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