Nats can’t hold on, lose game, sweep to Joey Votto, Reds

The Washington Nationals came very close to returning to D.C. with a winning Ohio River road trip and a sweep of a very good Cincinnati Reds team. The Nats have yet to complete a sweep yet. They went 3-3 on their recent swing.

On the bright side, in order to lose a sweep on the road, the following things had to happen:

A 3 hour 36 minute rain delay.

A rookie outfielder, Bryce Harper, terribly misplayed a fly ball in the 8th that cost the Nats 2 runs. Note to Davey Johnson, give Harper a day off.

The opposite team’s “face of the franchise,” Joey Votto, had to have the best day of his career 3 home runs (walk-off grand slam) and a double

A set-up man turned closer, Henry Rodriguez, pitching for the third day in a row on a sloppy mound had to have tough inning.

Tough loss like one that may have repercussions this week. The Nats have done okay bouncing back and get the San Diego Padres for two games. Then they get the Pittsburgh Pirates for two more. Thus far, the Nats won a series with the former while losing one to the latter.

In other bad news, Wilson Ramos is out for the season with a torn ACL. Hasn’t he suffered enough?

FURTHER READING

Nationals vs. Reds: Joey Votto homers three times as Washington falls, 9-6The Post

Rodriguez implodes as Votto slams Nationals in ninthThe Wash. Times

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