The Short Version: Reds waste some good pitching, and drop a narrow contest against the Nationals.
|Cincinnati Reds (49-63)||1||7||0|
|Washington Nationals (57-54)||2||8||0|
|W: Roark (6-12) L: Castillo (6-9) S: Herrera (3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Effective outing for Luis Castillo: 5.1 innings, two runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Castillo threw 88 pitches, but began to struggle the third time through the Nationals order. Where have we heard that before?
–Wandy Peralta, Michael Lorenzen, and Amir Garrett pitched 2.2 innings of shutout relief.
–Eugenio Suarez and Mason Williams had two singles. Scooter Gennett had a hit and a walk.
–One run. And the Reds missed a golden opportunity to win this game in the fourth (see below).
–Cincinnati just lost 3 of 4 to Washington. No fun.
–The Reds had no extra base hits today. All singles.
–Joey Votto didn’t start after being hit by a pitch yesterday. Just a day off, according to our intrepid manager, but John Fay reported that Votto was limping before the game.
–Down 2-0, Cincinnati scored their only run in the top of the fourth, and it could have been much more. Phillip Ervin, Scooter Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez all singled to load the bases with no outs. Mason Williams singled to right, making the score 2-1. With bases still loaded and no outs, Tucker Barnhart popped out, Brandon Dixon struck out, and Castillo flied out to end the inning. The Reds never really threatened again.
–Cincinnati will head north to play a three-game series against the Mets next. Homer Bailey will start tomorrow night.
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