The Reds (18-32) picked up 10 hits together with three lengthy homers — a first-inning, three-run blast by Joey Votto and seventh-inning photographs from Matt Reynolds and Kyle Farmer. The victory matched Cincinnati with the Nationals (18-35) for the fewest wins within the majors.
“The previous few days, I’m watching and we’re taking too many strikes and placing ourselves in a gap,” Supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned. “This recreation is tough sufficient. And if you’re all the time up there hitting with two strikes, it’s even more durable.”
It wasn’t stunning that the Nationals’ offense struggled towards the potent pitching of the New York Mets, a workforce that entered Thursday with a 17-game lead over Washington within the NL East. However the offensive woes persevering with towards right-hander Graham Ashcraft, a rookie making simply his third profession begin, was a nadir in a season already pockmarked with low factors.
Ashcraft allowed just one hit by the primary 4 innings — Yadiel Hernandez’s single within the second. The Nationals didn’t have one other base runner till the fifth inning when Ashcraft walked Hernandez. After Maikel Franco singled, the Nationals lastly had some site visitors on the bases. However Luis García grounded to shortstop and Victor Robles struck out trying on a slider, ending the menace.
Bell lastly bought the Nationals on the board with a 356-foot shot that simply crept over the fence in left, ending Washington’s run of zeros. Ashcraft completed seven innings permitting simply the one run with 5 strikeouts.
“While you’re not scoring runs, you attempt to do extra,” Bell mentioned concerning the workforce urgent on the plate. “Nevertheless it’s a protracted season. And hopefully, if we will get issues going again in the appropriate path, we’ll put extra runs than the opposite guys.”
Martinez mentioned that the Nationals watched too many strikes within the zone and chased too many pitches outdoors of it, a recurring theme this season. Final collection, the Nationals stranded too many runners whereas enduring back-to-back shutouts towards the Mets; they left 19 runners on base of their remaining two video games in New York. However on Thursday, the Nationals didn’t give themselves even these alternatives — they solely had 5 base runners, with only one making it into scoring place.
“A swing bat is a harmful bat,” Martinez mentioned. “The one method we’re going to get out of that is by getting good photos and swinging at good pitches and attacking the strike zone early.”
How was Joan Adon’s management Thursday? Not nice. Adon, who entered the beginning main the majors with 29 walks, added 4 extra to his whole in 5⅓ innings. He threw 98 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Adon discovered bother within the first after permitting a single to Brandon Drury on a excessive chopper to 3rd base. Then he walked Tommy Pham, and when a 2-2 fastball to Votto caught an excessive amount of of the plate, Votto deposited it into the appropriate area seats for a three-run homer.
Adon’s management points continued within the third when he walked a pair of batters with one out to load the bases. However because of a double play began by García at shortstop, Adon escaped unscathed. He issued one other stroll within the fifth however pitched into the sixth inning earlier than getting pulled.
What occurred on García’s throwing error within the fourth? García threw to the appropriate of Bell, pulling the primary baseman off the bag on a routine groundball by Reynolds. The Nationals had been holding off citing García to the majors for good partly due to his must work on protection — he had 10 errors in Class AAA Rochester in 43 video games.
Martinez has reiterated Thursday that the workforce’s plan is for García to be the workforce’s on a regular basis shortstop with Alcides Escobar sidelined with a strained proper hamstring. Fortuitously for García, Keibert Ruiz threw out Reynolds attempting to steal a base on the following pitch.
What’s the plan for Evan Lee? Martinez mentioned he advised Lee to be prepared to begin in 5 days — though he wouldn’t commit on Thursday afternoon to giving him one other begin following his debut Wednesday. With one lefty reliever (Josh Rogers) on the Nationals’ roster, Martinez mentioned that it’s potential that Lee might throw 30 to 35 pitches in a recreation this weekend rather than a bullpen session earlier than making one other begin towards the Marlins.