The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
I'm gonna go with Anthony DeSclafani for this one. After a string of awful starts, Disco took the ball and resumed his latest role as the "stopper" in the Reds rotation and went 6 2/3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8. Most importantly, when he left the game the Reds weren't losing. That's a huge step in the right direction for this pitching staff right now.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Tucker Barnhart, who had 3 hits each, and Adam Duvall for driving in a run. Also, the members of the Reds bullpen mostly did a good job tonight, with Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Ross Ohlendorf combining for 6 1/3 shutout innings until the dreaded 14th.
- The Nats struck first in the bottom of the 1st. Ben Revere singled to lead off the game, Bryce Harper singled him over to 3rd, and Daniel Murphy hit a sac fly to drive him in. Dustyball at its finest. Nats led 1-0.
- Cincy struck back right away in the top of the 2nd, as Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez led off the innings with singles. Tucker Barnhart drove them in with a single, tie ballgame at 1.
- Both starters rolled smoothly until the 6th, until the Reds finally got to Tanner Roark. Joey Votto led off the inning with a hit, and then Brandon Phillips walked on 5 pitches (!) to start the rally. Adam Duvall drove them in, and the Reds had a 2-1 lead.
- In the bottom of the inning, the Nats ended the Reds brief lead. Jayson Werth walked, and then scored all the way from 1st on a Daniel Murphy double. Tied again at 2.
- We'll pick it back up in the 14th. Ross Ohlendorf is in for his 3rd inning of work, and plunks Danny Espinosa to get things going. After a failed bunt and a groundout by Wilson Ramos, Espinosa moves to 2nd for Ben Revere, up with 2 outs. Revere doubles to the wall, Espinosa scores easily, ball game. Nats win 3-2.
- Seriously, the Reds pitching staff put together 13 innings of a well pitched ballgame. As crazy as that sounds, it absolutely happened, and the team still lost. Not on them tonight.
- That said, I can't imagine what Ross Ohlendorf was doing out there for a third inning. There can't be anyone out there who thought that was a good idea.
- Joey Votto riled up another fanbase, doing the same thing he did in Philadelphia to the fans in Washington. It's kind of amazing to see Joey go out of his way to not be liked, and it certainly looks like he's getting a kick out of it, which good for him. It's a nice reminder that hey, baseball should be fun, and if Joey has fun antagonizing non-Reds fans, knock yourself out, Joey.
- Back to 7PM for tomorrow's game. Ace Straily vs. Joe Ross.