April 20, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 46 Review: Reds’ Simon Outpitches Roark in Nats’ 2-1 Loss

In a pitchers’ duel where run support is hard to come by, one inning can make or break the outcome of a day’s work.

And, on an early-evening-turned-late-evening by a 61-minute rain delay, Cincinnati Reds starter Alfredo Simon merely outpitched Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark as the Nats fell 2-1 at home.

Nats’ center fielder Denard Span continued to love the leadoff spot as he powered a solo shot over the right-field wall in the bottom of the first, giving the Nats an early 1-0 run.

The Nats had a solid opportunity to tack on a run or two in the second after Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Danny Espinosa popped up to shortstop Zack Cozart for the first out before Nate McLouth walked to load the bases.

But, as luck would have it, Roark himself came to bat next, only to ground into a double play and foil his own opportunity to retake the mound with a significant lead.

Roark retired the side in the third, but found himself in a jam in the fourth after Cozart doubled and scored on a single by Brandon Phillips. Devin Mesoraco then reached on a force attempt and fielding error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen. [Read more…]

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