Cincinnati Reds Prevent Sweep Against the Washington Nationals

By Jeff Gray

For the Cincinnati Reds, it was the best of times.  It was the worst of times. And then it was the best of times again.

The Cincinnati Reds finally came up with enough offense to win in extra innings against the Washington Nationals, Sunday afternoon.  Having played a series with the Nationals that is one they would love to forget because of the poor hitting and blown leads, the Reds were able to get a big lead, blow it, then recover and win in 11 innings.  This was the second game that went into extra-innings with the hot starting Nationals.

The Cincinnati Reds were able to pound out 13 hits against a pitching staff that had made life miserable for most of the weekend.  The Reds were led by Zack Cozart who went 3-6 and scored 3 runs.  He upped his batting average to .342.  This followed his 0-6 outing yesterday when the Reds were held to only 2 hits.

However, it was Ryan Ludwick (2-6) who started it off for the Cincinnati Reds by belting his first grand slam for the Red Legs in the first inning.  The Nationals were able to claw their way back and tie the game in the 7th when Reds’ manager, Dusty Baker (for the second time in this series) went to the bullpen and brought in someone whose name is not Aroldis Chapman, Logan Ondrusek with a 1 run lead.  He quickly blew the save.

Chapman was brought in in the 8th and pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 4 of the 7 batters he faced.  He kept his ERA at 0.00 and still hasn’t walked a batter. 

Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds’ first MVP first baseman, delivered the final blow in the top of the 11th, doubling off the left center field wall scoring the game winner and an insurance run.

It was a big win for the Cincinnati Reds.  They were able to stop the bleeding from a three game losing streak.  They will have Monday off and will be back in action Tuesday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.

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