Nationals 7 Reds 6
The Reds dug an early hole Monday night against the Nationals and spent the rest of the evening attempting to climb out. The Reds scored four runs in their final two at-bats to make things interesting, but the comeback fell short as the Nationals held on for a 7-6 win Monday night in D.C.
The Reds fall to 56-61 on the year and 17-23 in one-run affairs.
On Sunday they were seven outs from being five games back of Cubs. Now they are 7.5 games back of first place and 5.5 games back in the Wild Card.
Anthony DeSclafani made the 100th start of his ML career. It wasn't a memorable one. He allowed three runs in the 1st inning highlighted by a Matt Adams two-run homer (18). Trea Turner jacked a three-run homer in the 4th inning to make it 6-2.
Trailing 7-2, Aristides Aquino clobbered a two-run homer (8) in the 8th inning to make it 7-4. The exit velocity: 105.8 mph. Distance: 425 feet.
Per MLB, his eight homers are the most a player has ever hit in his first 12 career games.
Down 7-4 in the 9th, Phillip Ervin jacked a 9th inning pinch-hit homer (3) to cut it to 7-5. Jose Iglesias lined a single for his third hit of the night and Joey Votto roped a two-out RBI double off the wall in left-field after a 9-pitch battle with closer Sean Doolittle. With first base open Nationals manager Davey Martinez intentionally walked Eugenio Suarez. But Josh VanMeter, first pitch swinging, fouled out to 3rd base to end the game.
DeSclafani: 4 IN, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K. 83 pitches/53 strikes. It was his shortest start since May 24 (3.2) and the six runs ties a season high. His ERA climbs to 4.51......right at the ML average for a starting pitcher. His ERA was 3.49 in his previous 11 starts. Per listener Jeff: 40 of the 61 runs (65.5) allowed by Disco have come on the long ball. He's still allowed 3 or fewer runs in 15 of 23 starts....more than 4 runs just three times.
Kevin Gausman tossed an effective and scoreless two innings: 2 IN, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K.
Jared Hughes returned from suspension and pitched for the first time since August 3: 2 IN, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB.
The Reds did their 1st inning thing. Jesse Winker hit Erick Fredde's first pitch of the game for a home run (16) and it was 1-0 Reds. It was Winker's second lead off HR on the first pitch of the game (7/31 vs Pirates). But the Reds missed a chance to add-on in the first inning when Votto (walk) was cut down at the plate on VanMeter's single into center field. The play was not close.
VanMeter and Votto each had a two hit nights.
Aquino has now homered in 5 of his last 6 games and in 6 of his last 9 games and has produced an RBI in each of his last 7 games. The franchise record for consecutive games with at least one RBI is 10, by Joe Morgan in 1976.
Tucker Barnhart singled, scored and is hitting .341 since the All-Star break. He also threw out a runner attempting to steal.
Fedde: 6 IN, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
The Reds were without Amir Garrett who began serving his 8-game suspension.
Without Garrett and Hughes throwing 45 pitches and likely unavailable, the Reds will need innings from Tuesday starter Alex Wood.
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