Nationals 4, Reds 3
The cold, hard fact is the Reds have the worst record in the National League and are tied with the Texas Rangers for the worst record in the baseball.
Ouch. I don't see a quick fix. I know that's going to prompt 23 "Fire Narron!" comments. But do you honestly think that would help?
“The Nationals just took the series from us,” losing pitcher Matt Belisle said. “That's hard to take. But Pittsburgh’s coming in. There’s no time to sulk.”
The Reds are on pace to lose 102 games. There has only been one 100-loss season in franchise history.
It was an odd loss, i.e, the crucial play was 4-5-1 double play.
The Reds went to eighth inning trailing 4-1. David Ross led off with laser shot off third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s glove for a hit. Norris Hopper followed with a bunt for a single. Ryan Freel hit a liner right at second baseman Felipe Lopez. Lopez threw wildly to second trying to double off Ross. Ross broke for second when the ball got away. Zimmerman ran it down and threw to pitcher Mike Bacsik at third to get Ross.
“Right now, our guys are trying so hard and trying to make something happen,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “I’m sure (Ross) looked up and nobody was at third and took off.”
I buy that. But once the spiral down starts, it's hard to stop.