December 7, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 83 Review: Nats can’t beat Reds, fall 3-2

SPAN AND ESCOBAR LEAVE THE LOSS EARLY WITH INJURIES

Casey Janssen allowed an eighth-inning home run to Eugenio Suarez which proved the difference, as the Washington Nationals fell to the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 before a crowd of 23,673 at Nationals Park.

The Reds reached Doug Fister for an unearned run in the second inning. With one out, Brayan Pena was safe at first on Fister’s throwing error of a squibber and went to second on the throw. Eugenio Suarez reached on an infield single, moving Pena to third. Suarez was picked off by Wilson Ramos on a botched hit and run, but pitcher Anthony DiSclafani laced a fastball into the left field corner for an RBI double.

The Nats (46-37) got it back in the third. With two down, Matt den Dekker — who entered for Denard Span in the top half — singled to right. He went to second after Yunel Escobar reached on a dribbler down the third base line, and Bryce Harper loaded the bases with a walk.

With a 1-2 count on Ramos, DiSclafani bounced one in that Pena blocked, but couldn’t corral. With the ball out in front of the plate, den Dekker raced home and with a dangerous headfirst slide, just beat the scoop and toss by DiSclafani to tie the game.

In the sixth, Marlon Byrd hit one off the top of the right center wall which bounced back into play that was originally ruled a double, then the umpires conferred to rule home run. After review, it was reversed and Byrd went back to second. It didn’t matter though, as two batters later Suarez drove Byrd in to make it 2-1.

Danny Espinosa got that one back though in a hurry. He had one-hopped a double in left center earlier, and in the bottom of the sixth he mashed his ninth homer of the season to right to tie it back up.

After Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless seventh, Casey Janssen came on for the eighth in a tie game and promptly got the first out. But on an 0-2 pitch to Suarez, the veteran righty hung a curveball center cut and Suarez deposited it just inside the left field foul pole and just over the fence to put the Reds up 3-2.

The Nats did nothing against J.J. Hoover in the eighth and despite Michael Taylor’s walk and a passed ball allowing him to go to second with one out in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman, the fireballing lefty retired Jose Lobaton and den Dekker to put a win in the books for the Reds.

NATS NOTES:

  • Doug Fister went six full innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits and one walk, striking out just two.
  • Blake Treinen struck out three in his one inning of work, but allowed a hit, a walk and a wild pitch in the process.
  • Both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar came out of the game early. According to manager Matt Williams, Span’s back acted up on the wet playing surface and Escobar left with hamstring tightness.
  • The homer Casey Janssen allowed was the first allowed in his career on an 0-2 count.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at 7:05 pm against the Reds. Max Scherzer (9-6, 1.82) hosts Johnny Cueto (5-5, 2.84).

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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