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Reds jump on Nats early, go to sleep late to lose 6-5 in extras

Well, the first few innings were fun.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Devin Mesoraco is so much fun to watch when he’s right. It seems like when I draw this spot I always give the trophy to him. And that might be true. But Mesoraco got on five straight times in this game. Which is awesome in its own right. But the first two times were RBIs with two outs. And then he got hit by pitch twice. And then he walked.

I’ve already talked about how cool it was just to have him back in the lineup. But it seems like, start after start, he’s not just back, but back to his best case scenario outcome. That’s something, considering his path.

Also, I’m going to give a shout out to Brian Goodwin of the Nationals. I really didn’t know who he was until tonight, but he knocked two dingers tonight and kept the line moving to get Bryce Harper up in the bottom of the 10th. That’s definitely not nothing.

Honorable mention to Adam Duvall with two hits and a run scored, Scooter Gennett with a homer and a double, Luis Castillo for a perfectly fine debut despite walking more than he’s normally accustomed to, and Tony Cingrani for being the only reliable arm out of the pen.

Key Plays

  • Scooter Gennett wasted no time getting the Reds on the board in this one, when a mashed a one out tater to the seats in left center field in the top of the 1st. Joey Votto then hit a two strike grounder through the middle of the infield for a single, before Adam Duvall hit a fly ball to the gap in left center that couldn’t be tracked down by Bryce Harper. Eugenio Suarez walked to load the bases before Scott Schebler hit a deep sac fly that scored Votto. Devin Mesoraco kept the line moving with a line drive single to short left that scored Duvall. You got all that? Take a breath. Have a drink, because it’s not over. Jose Peraza smacked a liner right back up the middle to score Suarez. Luis Castillo, making his major league debut as a starting pitcher, actually took his first PA before throwing his first pitch. He grounded out to end the inning. Reds up quickly, 4-0.
  • Castillo started off the bottom of the 1st frame in breath-taking fashion, striking out Trea Turner with fastballs at 98, 99, and 100 MPH before putting him away with a knee buckling breaking ball. He then, however, served up a meatball to Brian Goodwin, who deposited it into the seats. He allowed only a single thereafter, however. Reds, 4-1 after one full.
  • Strasburg got two quick outs in the top of the 3rd, but Schebler knocked a double to left with two outs before Mesoraco blooped a single into center field for his second two out RBI of the night in only the 3rd inning. Reds increase their lead, 5-1.
  • Anthony Rendon got one back for the Nats in the bottom of the 4th, scorching a dinger to center field. Reds still lead, 5-2.
  • Michael Lorenzen relieved Luis Castillo in the bottom of the 6th, but it wasn’t a relief. He allowed a leadoff home run to Daniel Murphy. He also walked Rendon, and then allowed a single to Matt Wieters. Wilmer Difo laid down a sac bunt to move the runners over before Stephen Drew hit a deep sac fly to score Rendon. Turner lined out to Votto, so Lorenzen escaped the jam but, damn. Reds, 5-4.
  • Wandy Peralta was brought in to relieve Lorenzen. It wasn’t a relief. Goodwin hit his second home run of the game to tie things up with no outs. He got Harper and Zimmerman before walking Murphy. Drew Storen relieved Peralta, it was a relief when he got Rendon to pop out. Game tied after 7, 5-5.
  • Blake Wood came on in relief of Storen, it wasn’t a whatever blah blah he allowed a hit and a walk without recording an out before being replaced by Tony Cingrani. Cingrani allowed a relief for Reds fans though, allowing nothing and getting the Reds out of the inning with no damage done. Tie game, 5-5.
  • So Raisel Iglesias would save them, right? Huh, well, let me tell you about it. After two outs, Iglesias gave up singles to Trea Turner and Michael Goodwin. Then he gave up a single to Bryce Harper. WELP. Nats win, 6-5.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Because of the Reds offense fantastic first inning, Luis Castillo was the first rookie pitcher to get a PA before throwing his first pitch since 2013.
  • Scooter Gennett hit his 100th career double in the top of the 4th inning, his 10th of the season. This guy has been better than anyone in the Reds front office could’ve ever imagined when they picked him up off the scrap heap in the spring.
  • Billy Hamilton apparently had a wisdom tooth pulled yesterday. He played in a baseball game today. I had all four of my wisdom teeth cut out when I was 16 and slept for five days straight.
  • The Reds will square off against the Nationals again tomorrow afternoon when Homer Bailey makes his 2017 debut. Homer has had eight starts and three elbow surgeries since August 2014, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited to see the Ol’ Hoss on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM EDT.
  • Tunes.