Gonzalez Passes the One-Hitter to Zimmermann: Nats Smoke the Reds 1-0

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Choo's streak of consecutive games reaching base ended, Bailey pitched well, the Reds offense has turned into paper planes (MIA).

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

His Corkness. No one ever said Corky Miller could swing the lumber... or run the bases.... but he was great behind the dish tonight. Corky Miller is destine for greatness. Everything about the guy suggests we are watching a 1980s baseball movie. He lacks any real talent yet the 37 year old has been playing professional baseball since Bill Clinton was President. The story ends with Miller being awarded the World Series MVP, after he steals home in the bottom of the 9th in the decisive 7th game of the 2013 World Series. In tonight's game, Miller made several nice plays behind the plate including a pick-off of Bryce Harper and a collision at the plate with Denard Span, in the same inning.

Honorable mention to Bad Name For a Pitcher. On a night where offense was nonexistent, Homer Bailey was fantastic again. Over 7 innings Bailey dominated allowing 1 run with 6 Ks and no walks. Does it feel like Bailey is on the verge of a great season? I think so. Tough luck loser tonight, though.

Key Plays

  • In the 4th inning, Harper tripled to right field. The Reds brought the infield in and Jayson Werth squeeze a ground ball through for a single to plate the run. The only offense of the game...
  • The Nationals threatened again in the 6th. Denard Span singled, stole 2nd (on a missed call), and advanced to 3rd on a ground-ball. With one out, it was surprising to see Bailey pitch to Harper. Homer induced a weak ground ball, which he fielded and delivered a perfect throw to the plate. Corky made the tag while absorbing a blow from Span. Old school.

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Before tonight, Choo had reached base in every game he had played in a Reds uniform. That ended tonight.
  • Elias Sports Bureau - the last time the Reds were held to one hit in consecutive games was in 1900.
  • Corky Miller walked and Xavier Paul singled. That was the entirety of the Reds offense.
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