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Detwiler faced the Reds earlier this season and allowed zero runs through six innings. In four starts this year he has pitched at least through the sixth and allowed two runs or less each time out. Detwiler has a 2.48 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 29 innings in his career vs. Cincinnati, but is 0-3 in those games. Today he'll look for his first win against the franchise.
Pitching for Cincinnati is fellow young lefty Tony Cingrani. The former third round pick of the 2011 draft will be making his sixth appearance in a major league game and just his third start. So far this season he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched.
The Nats have dropped Adam LaRoche to sixth in the batting order after going hitless in his last 22 at-bats. Ian Desmond has moved up a slot after having a good day on Saturday with a walk, RBI, and run scored.
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CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF
NATIONALS (13-11)1:39 p.m. -- We are underway here at Nats Park. Game time temperature at 68 degrees with an overcast.
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Anthony Rendon
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Ross Detwiler
CF Shin-Soo Choo
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Todd Frazier
RF Jay Bruce
LF Xavier Paul
C Corky Miller
LHP Tony Cingrani
HP Sam Holbrook (cc)
1B Paul Nauert
2B Andy Fletcher
3B Rob Drake
1:56 p.m. -- Taking three straight games in the fashion the Nats did would be tough against any team, especially one as good as the Reds. And so far today it looks like Cincinnati has no intention of going down four days in a row. Detwiler struck out Choo swinging to lead off the game, but gave up a string of hits that has the Reds up 2-0 after the top of the first. Cozart singled, Votto doubled opposite field down the line, and then Phillips batted both home with a line drive up the middle. After one Detwiler has thrown 35 pitches (24 strikes).
2:05 p.m. -- A crisp inning for Cingrani as the Nats go down in order. Denard Span lined out to left field before Espinosa went down swinging on a full count. Harper also worked Cingrani to 3-2, but promptly grounded out to second base. The Reds' lefty is at 17 pitches (9 strikes).
2:15 p.m. -- The Reds got another one across to make it 3-0 in the second, but honestly it could have been much worse. Cingrani got on because of a fluke play where his grounder hit the third base bag and bounced up and over a diving Rendon. Choo then reached base because Espinosa made an error trying to catch a throw from Rendon at second. Cozart then walked before Votto singled home the pitcher. Phillips lined into a 3-6 double play to end the inning. With all that went wrong, one run was all the damage. Detwiler at 53 (33 strikes).
2:24 p.m. -- It's only been two innings, but the Nats lineup is having no luck against Cingrani. The Reds lefty got through the order 1-2-3 on 15 pitches, striking out both Desmond and LaRoche to cap the frame. He is placing his fastball on the corners in the low to mid 90s and getting ahead early in counts. Maybe they will have more success after seeing him one time through the order. Cingrani is at 32 pitches (19 strikes) after two as we head to the third inning.
2:29 p.m. -- Detwiler finally has a quiet inning, needing just ten pitches to get through the top of the third. He let up a single to Frazier to begin the inning, but got a double play shortly thereafter by Jay Bruce. Bruce hit a hard grounder to LaRoche who tossed it to second and then caught the second out for a 3-6-3 turn. Paul then grounded out to end the inning. Detwiler at 63 pitches (40 strikes) through three. That quick frame could help him go a little deeper in this game, some runs would surely help as well.
2:35 p.m. -- Three up, three down for the Nats as Cingrani has retired them in order through his first look at the lineup. Rendon lined out to center, Suzuki popped out to shallow right field, and Detwiler went down looking. Cingrani is at 46 pitches (27 strikes).
2:47 p.m. -- Another run for the Reds who now lead the Nats 4-0. Corky Miller led off with a single that bounced off Detwiler's thigh. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cingrani. Choo grounded out to Espinosa which moved Miller to third. Miller was then sent home by Cozart with an infield single. Cozart hit a hard grounder to Rendon who made a diving grab, but couldn't make an accurate throw to first. LaRoche had to step off the bag which allowed Cozart to be safe. Detwiler at 81 pitches (53 strikes) through four.
3:02 p.m. -- The Nats finally made some noise against Cingrani, but leave the fourth with no runs scored. Span got on base after striking out as the final pitch got away from Miller at the plate. Espinosa then doubled down the RF line to get both in scoring position. Harper struck out swinging before Werth reached on a walk. Desmond and LaRoche, however, then struck out to end the inning. LaRoche is now hitless in his last 24 at-bats. He had words with home plate ump Sam Holbrook after going down looking on a high 96 mph fastball. Cingrani at 70 pitches (43 strikes).
3:07 p.m. -- The Reds didn't score in the fifth, but got two guys on base with two outs. Bruce singled up the middle and was joined by Paul who singled on an infield bloop. He sliced a ball just past the pitcher's mound that dropped over Detwiler's head as he tried to step back and catch it. Miller then flew out to end the inning. Detwiler is at 89 pitches (59 strikes).
3:20 p.m. -- Today just might not be the Nats' day. They got a leadoff single by Rendon, but once again made mistakes to squander the chance. Suzuki and a pinch-hitting Tyler Moore went down quickly before Denard Span came up to work a full count. Span hit a liner right to Paul in left field, but he missed the catch and dropped it. Rendon, however, hesitated on the base path and was thrown out at home by Paul. Still nothing going for the Nats as they trail 4-0 with Craig Stammen heading to the mound. Detwiler left with 5 IP, 11 H, BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 SO.
3:29 p.m. -- Stammen pitched a good inning despite dealing with a throwing error by Rendon to let Cozart on with two outs. Stammen did all he could do, but Rendon made his third error in his last six games. Sloppy game so far today by the Nats. Still 4-0 as we move to the bottom of the sixth.
3:38 p.m. -- Cingrani sets the Nats 1-2-3 with his 10th and 11th strikeouts of the game. He got both Harper and Werth looking after Span flew out to start the inning. The young lefty has 110 pitches through six and has thrown a gem. No one up in the Reds' bullpen yet either.
4:10 p.m. -- The Nats got on the board in the seventh and probably could have scored more. Desmond led off with a single and moved to second after Rendon walked. Kurt Suzuki then roped a double into the corner in left field. Desmond scored, but Rendon was held at third by Trent Jewett even though Paul dropped the ball and would have had little time to make a throw to home. Two ground outs later and the Nats are still down 4-1 with Henry out to pitch the top of the eighth.
4:26 p.m. -- Henry Rodriguez has been better lately, looking like he may have turned a corner. Today, however, Henry was at his worst throwing just four strikes on 17 pitches to walk the bases loaded. He was replaced by Ryan Mattheus who let the run in on a sac fly by Cozart. Now 5-1 Reds with Espinosa, Harper, and Werth up for the Nats.
4:47 p.m. -- The Nats get their second run of the game, but once again leave the inning blowing a chance for more. Harper got them started with a walk by Jonathan Broxton. He was then scored from first on a double by Desmond. Desmond popped it up to shallow right, but a sliding Choo couldn't make the grab. LaRoche then flew out to end the inning. 0-for-26 for ALR.
4:55 p.m. -- A 1-2-3 inning for Ryan Mattheus in the top of the ninth as the Nats will have Rendon, Suzuki, and probably Chad Tracy in to face Aroldis Chapman. Still 5-2 Reds.
5:05 p.m. -- That's the ballgame, folks. Aroldis Chapman shuts the Nats down as they fall 5-2 to the Reds.