This is the day that the Washington Nationals could really use an ace performance from Patrick Corbin to win this series in Cincinnati. The issue is that the Reds have their best pitcher, Luis Castillo, on the mount. Last night, the Nationals put together their best comeback win of the season. After a fifth inning implosion from Jordan Weems, the Nats got busy to erase a 4-run deficit and take a 3-run lead.
What a complete game from Juan Soto who robbed a 3-run home run from Joey Votto in the first inning then managed to hit two home runs on the day with a 3-run homer in the seventh inning to get the Nats back to a one-run deficit. The youngster, Luis Garcia, drove in 4-runs himself and his single late in the game to drive in 2-runs ended up as the margin of victory.
Yesterday’s win picked up manager Dave Martinez who yanked Erick Fedde with two runners on-base and two outs, and went to Weems who has not shown any ability to be a fireman. He immediately walked two batters which tied the game, and then gave up a grand slam. It seemed like the Nats went flat in the sixth inning but then the ray of light in the seventh with an innocent single got it all started for the Nats who scored seven runs in the final three innings.
After this game, the Nats travel to Miami and will have a day-off tomorrow. With them will be Stephen Strasburg, and the team will have some decisions to make as Stras could come off the IL and pitch on Wednesday or Thursday in Miami. Dee Strange-Gordon can come off the paternity list today or wait for tomorrow. We will see if there are any other moves to make.
Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Stadium: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
1st Pitch: 1:40 pm EDT
TV: MASN; Bally Sports Ohio; MLB App (out-0f-market only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):