The Washington Nationals are a last-place baseball team with one otherworldly offensive talent on their roster and, for now, a lot of fodder. Naturally, that meant the Cincinnati Reds chose to challenge said otherworldly offensive talent, and it burned them in the latest in a long, long line of late-season burns.
Juan Soto homered twice off Reds pitching to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the effectively defunct Reds, who opened this series with a loss after having lost 8 series in a row entering play tonight. That, of course, is somewhat on hold due to a technicality, since they can’t actually lose their previous series against Pittsburgh until they lose to them in the makeup game on Monday, but I digress.
The Reds did not score until a 9th inning RBI from Noted RBI Guy [TM] Max Schrock. That came on a triple, because Max Schrock is awesome, and he scored a batter later on a productive groundout by Tucker Barnhart. That, though, was all they managed to muster on an otherwise completely lackluster evening.
Luis Castillo was mostly fine, but took yet another L for his services. Conveniently enough, Castillo and Nats starter Patrick Corbin entered this game tied for the MLB-lead in losses with 15, a lead that Castillo broke thanks to the wonderful offensive output by the Reds bats.
Oh, the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a 5-1 lead against the Brewers late in their afternoon game and won (again). So, this season is just about mathematically kaput, too. The only question now is how many losses the Reds can rack up for draft position, and whether they can even sneak back under the .500 mark before season’s end.
We’re having a blast over here, y’all. Hooray, beer!