Reds vs Nationals – Match Recap – May 27, 2021
WASHINGTON – – Sonny Gray pitched six two-stroke innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Nationals 3-0 in seven innings Thursday night to a split after Washington won 5-3 in a game suspended.
Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit points in singles in the sixth inning for the Nationals at the end of a game that started Wednesday night.
Gray (1-3) struck out five goals, walked one and only needed two outs from his outfield to complete Cincinnati’s first series victory in Washington since 2015.
“The idea all day was to challenge the guys and pitch seven innings,” said Gray, who threw 54 of 90 pitches for strikes and was called out in part because he took a liner from his. glove when it was last removed.
“I think that made the decision easy for me,” said manager David Bell, who expects Gray to do well. “He was in a bit of pain. I think even for a pitcher it’s a bit shocking to get hit a ball so hard.
Eugenio Suárez hit his 11th homerun and his first kickoff of his career. The drive came against Stephen Strasburg (1-2), who allowed the three points and left after a fifth of two points.
Jesse Winker made a single in a run against the sack from second baseman and Tyler Naquin doubled inside the left field line. Gray also made a single in the inning, one of five hits awarded to Strasbourg.
“I thought he was keeping us in the game,” said nationals manager Dave Martinez. “Unfortunately, we’re out of the set and the ball hits the base. The next guy hits the ball to left field. “
Lucas Sims worked the ninth for his third stop.
Washington was leading 3-0 when Wednesday night’s game was suspended midway through the fourth inning after a 3 hour and 4 minute rain delay.
When he resumed Thursday afternoon, Austin Voth (1-0) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings to follow the four scoreless innings pitched Wednesday by Joe Ross.
“For me, I tried to treat him like I came out of the bullpen,” said Voth, who has 21 starts in his Big League career, but none this season.
“Today was a bit normal,” he added. “Like I’m getting ready for a game of the day. It didn’t sound too strange.
Daniel Hudson allowed two legacy runners to score in an eighth of three runs, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save on 10 occasions.
Nick Castellanos and Tucker Barnhart picked points for the Reds, and Kyle Farmer added a sacrificial fly. Winker had four hits.
“We haven’t stopped,” Barnhart said. “We put together some good at-bats in eighth. We just couldn’t get anything in the ninth.
Ross and Starlin Castro had a single in points on Wednesday, and Alex Avila drew against Jeff Hoffman (3-4), who gave up two runs, two hits and five steps in 1 1/3 innings.
Reds: Hoffman, who was placed on the 10-day injury list after leaving Wednesday’s game with shoulder pain, has returned to Cincinnati and has been assessed. “He’s got a shoulder conflict,” Bell said. “It won’t require surgery. He’s going to have an aggressive detox and try to come back as quickly as possible.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey was activated from the COVID-19 injured list and RHP Kyle McGowin was opted for Triple-A Rochester. Rainey started the eighth, allowing three runs and three singles without striking out a batter. McGowin appeared as the 27th man on the list in Game 2. … RHP Erick Fedde was cleared to participate in baseball activities on Friday but remains on the COVID-19 injured list. “He’s missed time,” Martinez said of Fedde, whose last departure was on May 16. “We have to find a good game plan for him to keep him healthy.”
‘BE A BALL PLAYER’
Gray helped his own cause with five assists from the field, a single and a run scored while being pushed back to eighth in the roster.
“I just tried to be a baseball player, pull up my pants and try to play baseball,” Gray said. “It was a fun baseball game.”
AN IDEA OF FIRST PRICE
Suarez is 4 for 12 with one walk and two homers since coming in first place to start the series, taking his 12-point average to 0.160.
“If anything, it’s just changed his mind a bit,” Bell said. “Just some really good swings he takes.
Reds :: RHP Vladimir Gutiérrez makes his major league debut on Friday at Wrigley Field.
Nationals: LHP Jon Lester (0-2) starts Friday against Milwaukee.
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