|Washington Nationals (53-36)||5||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (39-50)||0||7||0|
|W: Gonzalez (8-4) L: Adleman (5-7) S: Grace (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Adam Duvall had two hits, including a double.
–The Reds bullpen — Ariel Hernandez, Asher Wojciechowski, Drew Storen, Tony Cingrani — pitched 4.2 shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out seven.
–The Reds were shut out, for only the second time all season. Only four hits before the ninth inning; heck, only two runners advanced as far as second base until the final frame. That’s bad, right?
–I think Tim Adleman may have hit the wall a little bit. Tonight, Adleman gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks — thanks mostly to Bryce Harper (2 home runs), who is a good baseball player — in 4.1 innings. That’s five straight starts in which his ERA has gotten worse; it’s now at 4.99.
Adleman has been adequate this season, and I’m very pleased with what he’s done for the Reds. But let’s not be delusional about his ability. I’m inclined to like the guy — because he has a cool story of perseverance, plus he went to my alma mater — but he’s just okay.
–Tucker Barnhart legged out an infield single and appeared to come up hobbling. He stayed in the game, though.
–What else to say? That was a meh game if ever I saw one. I would’ve posted a pic of Milton, but I didn’t want to burden you with that after the first game of the season’s second half.
–The Reds lost. Whatever. I’ll be at GABP the next couple of days, so I’m pretty sure the Reds will bring home a couple of weekend wins. Hashtag-good-luck-charm.
–Luis Castillo vs. Max Scherzer tomorrow. I legitimately can not wait.