May 21, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
After beating Johnny Cueto and the Reds on Tuesday night, the Nationals enter Wednesday having won four of their last six games. They now have a chance to take the series against Cincinnati before heading on the road for a four-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.65) will start for Washington as he makes his first career appearance against the Reds. He won his last outing, on May 16 vs. the Mets, after allowing two runs over five innings.
Veteran Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2.45) will look to continue his excellent start to the 2014 season for Cincinnati. He has allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts this year. He has 10 career appearances vs. the Nationals, but no starts. Through 14 innings he holds a 2.57 ERA against the franchise.
Updates to come, please check back…
CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Cloudy with chance of T-storms, 78 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
3B Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Tanner Roark
CF Billy Hamilton
SS Zack Cozart
2B Brandon Phillips
C Devin Mesoraco
3B Todd Frazier
LF Ryan Ludwick
1B Brayan Pena
RF Roger Bernadina
RHP Alfredo Simon
HP Alan Porter
1B Joe West (cc)
2B Marty Foster
3B Rob Drake
4:12 p.m. — It was a quick first inning for Roark who set Hamilton, Cozart and Phillips down on just 12 pitches.
4:21 p.m. — The Nationals have an early lead thanks to Span, who of course was the hero last night as well. He hit a solo home run off Simon to put the Nats up 1-0. He now has a hit in six consecutive plate appearances.
4:31 p.m. — Frazier walked and made it to third on a stolen base and fielder’s choice, but couldn’t score. It’s still 1-0 Nats, Roark has thrown 29 pitches.
4:46 p.m. — The Nationals missed a big opportunity in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with one out. Desmond and Moore led off with singles, and McLouth walked with out. But Roark grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame. Third inning is up next.
4:52 p.m. — Roark continued to cruise in the third inning. He got Bernadina, Simon and Hamilton all to ground out. He’s at 36 pitches through three.
4:57 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the third. Span and Frandsen grounded out, while Werth struck out for the second time already today.
5:10 p.m. — The Nationals lost the lead in the top of the fourth thanks to some shaky pitch placement by Roark and an error by Frandsen at third. The frame began with a double by Frazier down the left field line. He was then scored by Phillips who singled up the middle. Phillips was moved to second on Frandsen’s error, which also allowed Mesoraco to reach safely. A sac fly and a single by Pena then scored Phillips. 2-1 Reds.
5:19 p.m. — Not much going for the Nats in the bottom of the fourth. Moore got hit by a pitch with two outs, but Espinosa whiffed to end the frame. Pena has thrown 60 pitches through four.
5:30 p.m. — The Reds saw two men get on, but no runs in the top of the fifth. Simon doubled off the scoreboard in right-center to begin the inning and Phillips later singled with two outs. Roark is at 65 pitches after five.
5:40 p.m. — Not much to report from the Nats in the bottom of the fifth besides an infield single from Roark. It is now raining, though, and the grounds crew is getting the tarp ready.
5:50 p.m. — We are officially in a rain delay now as it is pouring at Nats Park. Stay tuned for a restart time.
6:48 p.m. — And we are back. Roark is staying in after an hour-long rain delay.
6:53 p.m. — Roark allowed a single to Heisey and a walk to Bernadina before getting Simon to ground out to end the frame. I guess Simon is staying in the game, as well.
7:00 p.m. — Quick inning for the Nats who went down in order. Simon needed only five pitches to get three outs. Craig Stammen will now take over for Roark, who apparently waited an hour just to get one out?
7:12 p.m. — Stammen pitched a strong inning with just one baserunner allowed. Moore will now lead off the bottom of the seventh.
7:21 p.m — Looks like Simon was not affected by the delay at all. He allowed a single to McLouth with two outs, but that was it for the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Clippard will now take over for the Nats.
7:43 p.m. — Clippard allowed a walk, but no runs. Jonathan Broxton then came in and allowed a single to Span, but no runs. The game is still 2-1 with the ninth up next. Jerry Blevins will pitch for the Nats while it looks like Aroldis Chapman is getting loose for the Reds.
7:52 p.m. — Blevins pitched a scoreless inning, leaving it up to Desmond, Moore and Espinosa to try and rally for the win against Chapman.
8:00 p.m. – Game over, Nats lose 2-1. Instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/05/21/instant-analysis-reds-2-nats-1/
NL EAST STANDINGS
x-Clinched division title
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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