April 21, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 101 Review: Cueto makes short work of Nats

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was good in his start on Saturday. Very good. But Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto was just a bit better, as he outdueled Gonzalez and the Nats, 1-0, at Great American Ballpark.

Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits and two walk over seven innings. But Cueto, a 2014 N.L. All-Star, gave up no runs on four hits and three walks over the same seven innings, en route to his 11th win of the season against six losses.The Nats went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring possession and stranded seven runners on the afternoon… not to mention a pair of embarrassing outs on the bases by left fielder Bryce Harper.

The Nats had a chance right out of the gate as Denard Span led the game off with a single to left field. He was forced on Anthony Rendon’s grounder, but the relay wasn’t quick enough to nab Rendon. Jayson Werth then walked to move Rendon up to second with just one out.

Adam LaRoche then hit a bullet to center field, but it was right at Billy Hamilton for the second out of the inning. Ian Desmond’s soft liner to first ended the threat.

In the second inning, Bryce Harper led off with a walk, but was doubled up from right field on Wilson Ramos’ line out.

The Reds got their run in the fifth. Chris Heisey hit a ground rule double to left field, stole third base with one out, and scored on Brayan Pena’ single to left.

Harper walked again with one out in the seventh. Ramos was safe on an infield single to third, but again Harper made an out on the basepaths, inexplicably attempting to go from first to third on the play.

In the eighth, the Nats put runners at first and second with two out, but Aroldis Chapman coaxed a ground out by Adam LaRoche to end the inning.

Desmond walked to lead off the ninth against Chapman to give the Nats a glimmer of hope. Harper tried to bunt Desmond over, but Desmond was thrown out trying to steal. Harper and Ramos then struck out — both looking — to end the game.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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