Joe Ross set a new mark for consecutive scoreless innings by a Washington Nationals’ pitcher this season, with 17 1⁄3 overall after he was done with six scoreless tonight in a second consecutive Nats’ win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Ross finally allowed a run with two out in the top of the seventh inning, in the second of three with the Reds in D.C., but the Nationals were up 3-1 at that point, and they held on, winning their third straight game overall.
Ross vs the Reds: Was the Joe Ross of the last two outings (11 1⁄3 scoreless) a new Joe Ross, or did he just go up against two scuffling teams (the D-backs and Giants) at the right time?
Davey Martinez said after the start on the road in San Francisco that he liked what he saw from Washington’s 26-year-old, sinker-balling right-hander.
“His two-seamer is working, he’s throwing his four-seamer on occasion, his changeup was really good today, so I really liked what he did,” Martinez told reporters in Oracle Park.
Tonight in Nationals Park, Ross was going up against the Cincinnati Reds, and he took the hill with a 1-0 lead and worked around a single in the top of the first, and a leadoff double off Jesse Winker’s bat in the fourth, then retired the side in order in the fifth (his second 1-2-3 frame), completing five scoreless on 63 pitches, which gave him 16 1⁄3 scoreless overall over his previous three starts, which is the longest scoreless innings streak by a Nationals’ pitcher this season, according to the Nationals’ PR team’s Twitter feed.
Ross issued his first walk of the game to José Peraza with one down in the top of the sixth, but the Reds’ infielder/pinch hitter tried to take third base on a Jesse Winker hit to center, only to get thrown out by Victor Robles, whose throw to the bag was wide but handled by Anthony Rendon, who applied the tag.
Joey Votto took the second walk from Ross with two out, but a grounder to third ended Ross’s sixth scoreless frame.
Nick Senzel doubled to center with one out in the top of the seventh, and scored on an RBI single by José Iglesias, 3-1 Nationals. That was it for Ross…
Joe Ross’s Line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 92 P, 57 S, 11/3 GO/FO.
Wood vs Washington: Lingering back issues kept Alex Wood out of the Reds’ rotation until he made his 2019 debut on July 28th, and in three starts before he faced the Nationals this evening, the 28-year-old lefty put up a 5.65 ERA and a .322/.355/.593 line against in 14 1⁄3 IP.
Wood was going up against a Washington roster that started the night with a .278/.354/.465 combined line against lefties in 2019. How’d it go?
Victor Robles doubled off the left field wall for the Nationals’ first hit of the game with one out in the bottom of the first inning, and he moved up on a groundout by Anthony Rendon, and scored on an inning-ending double play off Juan Soto’s bat, crossing the plate before the Reds could turn a 3-6 DP on the grounder to first.
Juan Soto made it a 2-0 game with one swing in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a 91 MPH 1-2 fastball into the second deck in right for his 25th home run of 2019 and a two-run lead.
Brian Dozier followed one out later with a solo shot of his own, hitting a 2-2 curve five rows back in the left field seats for a 3-0 lead. Dozier’s 17th.
Wood tossed a scoreless fifth before the Reds hit for him in the top of the sixth…
Alex Wood’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks, 2 HRs, 78 P, 51 S, 8/2 GO/FO.
Turn-on & SotOBP: Trea Turner extended his on-base streak to 20-straight games last night, going 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in the Nationals’ 7-6 win. The two-hit game left the Nationals’ 26-year-old shortstop 28 for 84 (.333/.404/.536) with three doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 10 walks in the last 20 games.
Turner singled with two out in the third to extend his on-base streak to 21-straight games.
Juan Soto sat out of last night’s game with an ankle sprain, but returned to the lineup to try to extend his own on-base streak tonight, which was up to 17-straight games after he took two walks in Sunday’s series finale in New York. Soto was 17 for 59 over the course of the 17 games (.288/.442/.695), with three doubles, seven home runs, and 17 walks (vs just 9 Ks) in the last seventeen games.
Soto hit his 8th HR in the last 18 games in the bottom of the fourth, extending his on-base streak to 18 in a row and putting the Nationals up 2-0.
BULLPEN ACTION: Lucas Sims took over for the Reds in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Nationals in order in a 10-pitch frame.
Hunter Strickland got the final out of the Reds’ seventh after taking over on the mound for Joe Ross.
Sims came back out in the bottom of the seventh inning and issued back-to-back walks to Brian Dozier and Gerardo Parra, but struck Yan Gomes out, picked Dozier off trying to take third, and got Matt Adams swinging to keep it a 3-1 game in the Nationals’ favor.
Wander Suero retired two batters, but gave up a two-out single by Joey Votto before Davey Martinez went to the pen again for Daniel Hudson, who gave up a single by Eugenio Suarez before popping Aristides Aquino to end the top of the eighth.
Hudson came back out for the ninth and gave up a leadoff double by Josh VanMeter, who bounced one off the high wall in right field.
With rain falling in the nation’s capital, Hudson got a line drive to center form Nick Senzel, then threw a 98 MPH 1-2 fastball by José Iglesias. Freddy Galvis lined a two-out single out into the left field grass, but Tucker Barnhart K’d swinging at a 96 MPH 2-2 fastball to end it.
Ballgame. 3-1 final.
Nationals now 64-55
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