The Cincinnati Reds had a two run lead with two outs and nobody on base in the 8th inning but saw their lead evaporate after an infield single and a game-tying home run. Cincinnati then stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th before blowing the game in the 10th inning, dropping their 4th consecutive game.
|Washington Nationals (47-63)
|Cincinnati Reds (59-53)
|W: Machado (2-0) L: Diaz (3-3) SV: Finnegan (16)|
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Cincinnati didn’t waste much time getting on the board. Nick Senzel and Matt McLain went back-to-back with solo home runs in the 1st inning to put the Reds up 2-0. Two innings later the Reds added to their lead when Elly De La Cruz hit his 9th homer of the season – a solo shot with one out that made it 3-0.
Graham Ashcraft was cruising through the Nationals lineup until the top of the 6th inning. That’s when Lane Thomas hit his 17th homer of the season to make it 3-1. That’s where the score stayed until the 8th inning. Ashcraft was still on the mound and got the first two outs on a strikeout and a pop up. But then Lane Thomas picked up an infield single on a play that he seemed to be out of the running lane for, but you can not challenge that and play went on. Five pitches later the game was tied up as Joey Meneses hit a game-tying 2-run homer.
With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th Matt McLain beat out an infield single with one out. He was stranded there when Kevin Newman grounded out to end the inning. Alexis Diaz entered the game in the top of the 9th and made easy work of the Nationals, retiring them in order.
The Reds had Joey Votto, Will Benson, and Tyler Stephenson due up and needed just one run. Washington sent left-handed reliever Jose Ferrer to the mound. He promptly walked Votto on five pitches and then Cincinnati sent TJ Friedl to first to pinch run for Votto. Benson got ahead 3-0 while showing bunt each time, but after taking the 3-0 pitch he flew out to center. With Stephenson at the plate, Friedl stole second base to get himself into scoring position. Stephenson got ahead 3-0 and the Nationals at that point opted to intentionally walk him. Then they made a pitching change, bringing in right-handed reliever Andres Machado to face Stuart Fairchild. Friedl took off and stole third base without a throw, but Machado would strike Fairchild out. Elly De La Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases for Nick Senzel. He’d strand all three runners with a broken bat pop up to second base.
Alexis Diaz returned to the mound for the 10th and no one was loosening in Cincinnati’s bullpen. Washington’s inning began with Ildemaro Vargas on second base as the free runner. He’d come around to score when Jake Alu led off with a double, giving the Nationals their first lead of the day. A sacrifice bunt followed, moving Alu to third base with one out. After striking out CJ Abrams, Diaz gave up a 2-run homer to Lane Thomas as Washington took a 6-3 lead. That was it for Diaz as the Reds turned to Daniel Duarte for the final out of the inning.
Needing at least three runs in the bottom of the inning, Nick Senzel began the inning at second base for Cincinnati. Matt McLain struck out to start the inning. Spencer Steer would do the same after missing a 2-run home run by a matter of feet to the wrong side of the foul pole. That left the game up to Kevin Newman. He grounded out to end the game.
Key Moment of the Game
Lane Thomas hitting a 2-run home run in the 10th inning that essentially put the game out of reach.
Notes Worth Noting
Graham Ashcraft was only the second Red of the season to complete eight innings.
It appears that Jake Fraley was unavailable for the game, with Jim Day noting late in the game that he had not seen Fraley in the dugout all game.
The top three hitters in the lineup had five hits and three home runs. The rest of the lineup went 2-23 in the game.
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