Game #25 Recap: Nats Fall to Reds, but Take Series
The Nationals entered Sunday looking to complete a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Ross Detwiler went to the hill to attempt to get the job done. Tony CIngrani would make it a game of lefties between the Nationals and the Reds on the final game of the series.
Unfortunately for Ross Detwiler and the Nats, the Reds got off to a quick start offensively. After getting Choo swinging, Zack Cozart hit a single to right field and Joey Votto followed up with a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Brandon Phillips singled to center field to put the Reds up 2-0 and give them a lead they would not relinquish. Some good luck and timely hitting kept the Reds ahead for the remainder of the game.
The Reds were able to get another run in the top of the 2nd as lady luck completely abandoned the Nationals altogether. Cingrani, the Reds rookie pitcher, hit a ball that dinged off the 3rd base bag and toward 2nd base. Cingrani reached safely. Then Choo put the ball in play and it was grabbed by Rendon at 3rd. Rendon made a throw to 2nd, but Danny Espinosa couldn't find the handle and the ball and it came out of his glove. Cingrani was safe at 2nd and Choo was safe at 1st. Cozart would draw a walk and Votto would do what Votto does, and hit a single to plate Cingrani.
Meanwhile, Cingrani was mowing down the Nationals hitters left and right. He was sharp, and ended his day having not allowed a single run and barely any base runners. Cingrani picked up 11 strikeouts, allowed 2 hits and 1 walk.
Ross Detwiler may not have had his best game, but he did not receive any help from his defense either. Behind Detwiler, the Nationals racked up 2 errors and just seemed to have the baseball fall in the weirdest of places. In the top of the 4th inning, Corky Miller hit a ball that was the equivalent of a pop up bunt. The ball barely cleared over Detwiler's glove and resulted in a seeming bout of confusion from the infield. The Reds would later pick up another run on a Zack Cozart single.
The Nationals were finally able to muster some offense in the bottom of the 7th inning. Ian Desmond hit a ball that had some hang time, but resulted in a weird single. Anthony Rendon would display his plate patience to draw a walk, putting runners at 1st and 2nd. A double from Kurt Suzuki would put the Nationals on the board, but the inning would end shortly thereafter. Both teams would pick up one more run each in the 8th inning, to make the score 5-2.
The Nationals lost on Sunday, but can take a lot of positives from the series. Having won 3 of the 4 games, the Nationals took 4 of 7 games in the season series against the Reds, a team considered to be another strong contender. The Nationals head to Atlanta to take on the Braves and take a little revenge.