The Cincinnati Reds dropped their fifth game in a row as they lost the second game of their 3-game series at home to the Washington Nationals. Cincinnati didn’t record their first hit until the 6th inning and Andrew Abbott struggled on a day where the game wasn’t close for much of the time.
|Washington Nationals (48-63)
|Cincinnati Reds (59-54)
|W: Adon (1-0) L: Abbott (6-3)|
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After coming from behind last night, the Nationals didn’t waste much time getting ahead of the Reds on Saturday afternoon. Lane Thomas singled with one out and stole second. After a strikeout he took third base on a passed ball and then scored on a Stone Garrett double. The next inning saw two walks lead off the frame and Washington padded their lead with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
While the Reds had no hits after three innings, the Nationals just kept the train rolling in the 4th. Alex Call walked to begin the inning and then scored when Michael Chavis singled to center and TJ Friedl booted the grounder. Chavis then scored on a Lane Thomas double that made it 4-0. Thomas then stole third base and scored when the throw went into left field.
Joan Adon just kept on rolling. Despite making his first start of the year in the big leagues and only his third appearance for the Nationals in 2023, he had a perfect game through five innings while striking out seven. His offense kept on rolling, too. In the 6th inning they would hit back-to-back 2-out doubles off of Andrew Abbott to make it 6-0. That would be the last of his day as he was replaced by Derek Law after allowing six runs in 5.2 innings to go along with five walks and three strikeouts. Law would strand the runner on second to keep the score at 6-0.
With two outs in the 6th inning, Luke Maile picked up Cincinnati’s first hit with a line drive single into right field. That turned the lineup over and Elly De La Cruz lined a ball back up the middle that went off of the pitchers glove and trickled towards second base but by the time the shortstop got to the ball he had no play anywhere. That turned out to be a huge play as TJ Friedl took the third pitch he saw, and the first strike, and crushed a 406-foot 3-run homer into the seats in right field to get the Reds on the board and cut the Nationals lead in half.
When the top of the 9th began the Reds replaced Derek Law with Daniel Duarte. He struck out Stone Garrett to begin the inning but then gave up back-to-back doubles as the Nationals extended their lead to 7-3.
Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan took over for the bottom of the 9th. He got a pop up to begin the inning, but walked Matt McLain with one out. It was the first walk of the day for the Reds. The next pitch ended the game as Spencer Steer grounded into a double play, giving Washington the victory for the day and for the series.
Key Moment of the Game
Washington score three runs in the top of the 4th inning to extend their lead to 5-0.
Notes Worth Noting
Four errors on the day for the Reds, but none of them led directly to runs being scored.
The Cubs beat the Braves earlier in the day and are now just one game behind Cincinnati for second place. Milwaukee’s game was not scheduled to start until after the Reds game came to an end.
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