Luis Cessa pitched well as he covered the first four innings of the game before turning things over to the Reds bullpen. The offense came through in the 6th inning with a 3-run homer from TJ Friedl and a solo blast from Colin Moran, and the bullpen took things over from there to hold on for the win. Cincinnati will go for a sweep over the Nationals on Sunday in Washington.
|Cincinnati Reds (50-75)
|Washington Nationals (42-85)
|W: Gibaut (1-0) L: Espino (0-6) SV: Diaz (6)
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Kyle Farmer wasn’t going to wait around very long to get the Reds on the board, taking a 75 MPH slider from Paolo Espino and hitting a solo homer – Farmer’s 8th of the season. Cincinnati wouldn’t score again until the 6th inning. Farmer was in the middle of it again, starting a rally with a 1-out single. Donovan Solano then doubled and Farmer raced to third base. That led to a pitching change as the Nationals brought in lefty Jake McGee to face TJ Friedl. It didn’t work out for Washington as Friedl crushed a go-ahead 3-run homer. Colin Moran then followed an out later with some more lefty-on-lefty crime with a solo homer of his own to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Cincinnati would pad their lead in the top of the 9th inning. Jake Fraley beat out an infield single with two outs. That opened things up for Jonathan India who crushed a 2-2 fastball into center for an RBI double to make it a 6-2 game and give the Reds a little more breathing room.
Luis Cessa made his second start in a row for the Reds and he would double up the amount of innings from his previous start. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer from Lane Thomas in the 2nd inning as he got through 4.0 frames on 57 pitches. Tough to ask for anything more than that out of Cessa.
Ian Gibaut came on for the next two innings and allowed no hits while walking one batter and exited with a 5-1 Reds lead. Joel Kuhnel took over in the 7th and worked around two hits to keep the 4-run lead intact. Buck Farmer ran into some struggles in the 8th inning. After recording the first two outs he gave up a double and an RBI single to to Luke Voit that made it a 5-2 game. He would then walk the next batter and that brought David Bell out to the mound and he opted to call on Alexis Diaz to enter the game. He needed just one pitch to end the inning.
Diaz returned for the 9th inning and seemed to struggle with his control. He struck out the first two batters of the inning, but almost hit Lane Thomas with one pitch and then threw another one to the backstop. He would then walk the third batter of the inning while throwing another one to the backstop. After a first pitch ball that was up and in to Victor Robles it was time for a visit from Derek Johnson. Whatever he said didn’t work as the next pitch almost hit Robles in the head, just missing him. Maybe it just took a pitch to register what Johnson said, because he threw three consecutive strikes from that point and got a line out to end the game and picked up the save.
Notes Worth Noting
Jonathan India’s double in the 9th inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
TJ Friedl not only had three hits in the game as he continues to tear the cover off of the ball, but he also had some defensive highlights, too.
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