December 4, 2021

Washington Nationals Game 33 Review: Nats beat Reds but lose Ramos to ACL injury

For the second time in as many nights, the Washington Nationals emerged victorious in a one-run game, defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, thanks to a strong effort on the mound by Jordan Zimmermann and two solo home runs.

Their win – their 21st on the season – did not come without a price, however.

The Nationals lost starting catcher Wilson Ramos, who sustained a tear of his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), when his spike caught in the grass while trying to retrieve a passed ball. He could miss the rest of the season.

Sunday morning, Ramos was placed on the 15-day D.L. and the team recalled Sandy Leon from AA Harrisburg to back up new starter Jesus Flores.

Despite Ramos’ injury, Washington’s Zimmermann earned his second win of the season as he threw seven strong innings, giving up only a run.

The bullpen once again preserved Zimmerman’s (2-3, 2.14) effort as Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Henry Rodriguez earned his eighth save of the season as he shut down Cincinnati in the ninth.

The Reds scored their only run of the game in the very first inning as Brandon Phillips plated a run with an RBI-groundout. After that frame, Zimmermann – seemingly typical of a Washington starter pitcher this season – was stingy, and overall he only allowed five hits, walked one and struck out nine.

The Nats offense hasn’t been particularly efficient this season, but you can’t get much more efficient than scoring a run with one hit. The Nats did that twice last night.

Their runs came off solo home runs, as Ramos homered (this third of the season) off Reds’ starter Matt Latos in the fifth inning, and Danny Espinosa followed up in the sixth (also this third) with a longball off Jose Arredondo (2-1, 2.70) – who took the loss for the Reds.

The Nationals, though, left eight men on base, and missed a chance to open the game wide open in the fourth and fifth innings. They loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and seemingly had Latos on the ropes, but Rick Ankiel struck out to end the frame.

Washington once again had the bases loaded in the fifth inning after Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked; however, Bryce Harper grounded into a double play – if not only because of an amazing play by second baseman Brandon Phillips – and end the threat.

Latos only lasted five innings and did not earn a decision. He walked five batters.

Harper – who received ten stitches after busting open an area above his left eye on Friday after he slammed a bat into the clubhouse hallway wall – went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

The two teams conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon with Edwin Jackson facing Bronson Arroyo.

Comments

  1. When you score six runs you should win the game. This one is either on Henry or the defense (Desmond Error & Harper loosing the ball). By definition the closer is supposed to close out games. And we are seeing the bad Henry too often. At what point do you say that he is just not cut out to be a closer and go with someone else until Storen returns?

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