Another 1-run loss to Nats
The Reds six series unbeaten streak is over after back-to-back losses to the Nationals. Saturday was a 2-1 defeat before a sold out crowd of 42,294 fans.
The Three Stars of the game…
No. 3: Aroldis Chapman — 2 ip, 1 H, 4 K. The most fun moment of the night might have been the first duel between Chapman and Bryce Harper in the top of the eighth. Harper struck out on three pitches. He fouled off pitches of 99 mph and 87 mph before whiffing on 100 mph heat. Chapman has not allowed run in his last 23 2/3 innings dating back to 9/10/11 at Colorado.
No. 2: Danny Espinosa, WAS — 2-for-3 with one homer. For the second time in two nights, the .191 hitter coming in hit a homer. Tonight, it was a first-pitch shot to right field leading off the sixth against Jose Arredondo.
“You hate to lose a ballgame on two solo home runs. It was bottom of the order guys that beat us,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said
No. 1 star: Jordan Zimmermann, WAS — 7 ip, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
“He was spotting that fastball,” Baker said. “You saw his pitch count was 65 when Latos was almost over 100 at the time. He has excellent command of his fastball, especially away, and he’ll follow it with a breaking ball in the same location. It looks like the same pitch. He didn’t make many mistakes tonight and got strikeouts when he needed them.”
News and notes:
*Cincinnati is 1-5 vs. Washington this season with three one-run losses.
*Joey Votto has a season-high seven-game hitting streak. He’s 8-for-23 (.347) during it.
*Mat Latos’ line: 5 ip, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB (tied career high), 4 K. Latos said he was essentially a one-pitch pitcher tonight as his breaking ball was not there. He was strong in the first three innings but his pitch count spiked in the fourth and fifth innings as he worked out of two bases loaded jams. He had 31 pitches in the fourth and 34 in the fifth.
“I was in a rhythm early and somehow I lost it. I felt like it wasn’t a bad outing considering I literally had one pitch I threw. I threw 82 fastballs in 109 pitches so it wasn’t too bad for only having one pitch.” — Mat Latos
“To tell you the truth, I would rather get blown out then lose by one run. It sucks that we lost today. It just didn’t go our way. Both pitchers pitched good and we just didn’t come through. I didn’t come through either. We just didn’t get it done.” — Brandon Phillips
“Their pitchers are dealing. They’ve dealt on us most of the year and the rest of the league.” — Dusty Baker on the Nationals