Nationals 17 Reds 7
Believe it or not it was a 1-1 pitcher's duel between Trevor Bauer and Stephen Strasburg heading into the bottom of the 5th inning at Nationals Park Thursday afternoon.
It was at that point the walls caved in on Bauer and the bottom dropped out of the Reds season.
The Nationals scored 16 runs in the 5th and 6th innings on the way to an 17-7 win and a three-game series sweep of the Reds
The Nationals sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs on 9 hits, 3 homers, 2 walks and a wild pitch in the 5th inning.
The Nationals sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring 6 runs on 6 hits and a walk in the 6th inning.
The Reds have dropped four consecutive games and fall to 56-63 on the season. And to think they led the Cubs 3-0 in the 7th inning Sunday and were seven outs away from taking 3 of 4, pulling within five games of first and two games of the .500 mark.
The teams combined for 30 hits and 24 runs....hitting six homers. The Reds have lost 17 of their last 20 games vs the Nationals over the last three seasons.
The Reds responded with three runs in the 6th inning, including two on a home run by Tucker Barnhart (9). The Nationals responded with 8 more runs vs Sal Romano in the 6th inning.
Aristides Aquino jacked a solo shot in the 7th inning. It was his 9th in 14 career games.....a ML record. He had two hits.
Nine consecutive Nationals batters reached base in the 5th inning. Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg reached out and flipped a single into right field on a 3-2 pitch to make it 2-1 and open the flood gates and Trea Turner singled in a run. The Nationals played long ball after that. Adam Eaton cracked a three-run homer run and Anthony Rendon followed with a solo shot to make it 7-1. Despite the six runs scoring, nobody was warming in the Reds bullpen until the damage was done. After walking the 9th batter faced in the inning Bauer was done. Sal Romano took over with one out in the 5th and served up an RBI double and a three run homer to make it 11-1. After recording the final two outs in the 5th, Romano could not retire a batter in the 6th.
Bauer: 4.1 IN, 8 H, 9 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. 101 pitches/64 strikes. The 9 runs allowed are a career high.
Romano: .2, 6 H, 8 R. 2 BB, 1 K, HR. 44 pitches/22 strikes. The 8 runs allowed are a career high.
The Nationals struck first when they manufactured a run in the 3rd inning. Victor Robles led off with the single. He stole second, was sacrificed to 3rd by pitcher Stephen Strasburg and brought home on a sacrifice fly by Trea Turner.
The Reds tied the game in a bizarre bottom of the 3rd inning that included seven batters, one run, two hits, three Strasburg wild pitches and a replay review that overturned an out call: Eugenio Suarez and Josh VanMeter singled to lead off the inning. Suarez, leading off 2nd base, got a bad read on the VanMeter hit and had to stop at 3rd base. Aristides Aquino grounded in a force out at 2nd base. Aquino was called out attempting to advance to second on a wild pitch, but the call was overturned on video review. A 3rd strike to Jose Iglesias was a wild pitch that got away and allowed Suarez to score.
Barnhart made his first appearance of the season at 1B. It was 12th of his career at that position.
Freddy Galvis got the start at 2B and collected four hits, including a two-run homer in the 9th (19). He has five hits in six at-bats since joining the Reds.
Michael Lorenzen was rushed in to the game to play center field in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Reds took the field without a player in center.
Jared Hughes finished off the final three innings. He had two plate appearances; 0 for 2.
Day games: 16-32
Night games: 40-31
Next: Reds come home for a four game series vs the Cardinals. It will be Sonny Gray vs Michael Wacha Thursday night.
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