Game #4 Recap: A Night to Forget

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The Nationals hit the road tonight to face the Cincinnati Reds and found out just how cozy the confines of Great American Ballpark are. The Reds’ home stadium is known to be an extreme hitter’s park and tonight that benefited the Reds, as they blasted six home runs, three just over the wall, to bury the Nats 15-0.

The star of the night was the Reds’ young shortstop Zack Cozart. Cozart got ahold of a Dan Haren first-pitch fastball and dumped it into the left field stands in the second inning; the latter half of back-to-back home runs started by Todd Frazier. Cozart got to Haren again in the third inning, sending another ball into the left field stands, this time a three-run homer.

A Shin-Soo Choo home run, Cozart sac fly, Jay Bruce double, another Frazier home run, an Xavier Paul grand slam and Frazier single all tacked on additional runs in a game that got away from the Nats quickly and they never really got back into.

Haren struggled mightily in his Nationals’ debut throwing 78 pitches in four ineffective innings. Haren finished his night having allowed nine hits, six earned runs and four home runs. Zach Duke then made his season debut as the long reliever throwing two and two-thirds innings and giving up four more runs. The Nats then took the opportunity to get Henry Rodriguez some work, while Ryan Mattheus finished it off.

Offensively the Nationals couldn't get anything going, only managing five hits and just three for extra bases. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman cooled off going a combined 0 for 7 with a walk. While Adam LaRoche continued to look for his first hit of the season tacking on three more hitless at-bats running his total to 14 to start the season.

The lone bright spot of the night for the Nationals was Danny Espinosa finally getting it going on offense. Espinosa entered the game 0 for 11 with three strikeouts, but went 2 for 4 tonight with a double.

The Nationals look to get back on track tomorrow with Ross Detwiler making his first start of the season squaring off against Mike Leake.

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