April 20, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 45 Review: Fister Sharp as Nats’ Bats Come to Life in Win Over Reds

After suffering a 4-3 loss in 15 innings, the Washington Nationals found their offensive firepower Tuesday night, as they topped the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 at Nationals Park.

Entering the matchup, the Reds’ Johnny Cueto would have been an unlikely bet to provide the Nats with an opportunity to rack in the runs. Cueto entered the night the NL ERA and strikeout leader, but by the time he left the mound, he earned responsibility for six of the Nats’ earned runs over just 5.1 innings pitched.

In the meantime, right-hander Doug Fister found his groove. After allowing a first-inning double by Skip Schumaker and an RBI single by Todd Frazier, Fister was nearly untouchable. He allowed just one more earned run through seven total innings pitched, on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Be it the impending rain, the fact that Cueto was arguably due for a rough start or the idea that the Nats were eager to erase memories of their extra-innings loss – whatever it was that rejuvenated the Nats’ offense impacted leadoff man Denard Span most of all. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 6 Review: Reds take series with 6-3 win over Strasburg, Nats

After a strong outing against the Miami Marlins on Monday, Stephen Strasburg (1-1 struggled Sunday afternoon in the Washington Nationals’ (4-2) 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at the Great American Ball Park.

In 5 1/3 innings, the pitching ace allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs over 114 pitches – 73 of which were strikes.

The Reds proved a headache for Strasburg without ever banking on the long ball. Shin-Soo Choo flew out to right in the bottom of the first before four consecutive Reds reached base safely. Xavier Paul and Brand Phillips sandwiched a Joey Votto walk with two singles before Jay Bruce doubled to left to plate Paul and Votto. Phillips reached home on a Todd Frazier ground out and Cincinnati took a 3-0 lead into the second inning. [Read more…]

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