Dateline: Crabtree Field
It was a little chilly for an early morning game as the Nationals took the field right after they had made their team picture. The end of a long three game week as the Nationals took the field. Shane got the start and on a 3-1 count walked the first batter. The next batter walked on four pitches. The runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a nice play from third to first as DJ fired across the diamond to Frankie for out one. The next batter reached on a error at second as a second run scored. Shane settled down and got the next two runners out. Anthony led off with a ground out back to the mound. Kahlil popped out to first and Jake popped out to short. All three batters put the ball in play but at the end of one it was 2-0 Reds.
Shane went back to the mound and ran into some control problems and walked the first three batters. He settled down and struck out the next batter. Another walk and a run scored. Kahlil came on in relief and walked the next batter to score a run. Two more singles and the Reds had their four run limit. Bottom of the second Frankie walked the next batter struck out but two wild pitches moved Frankie to third. Shane picked up an RBI on a ground out back to the mound as Frankie scored. Henry drew a walk, but the Reds pitcher settled down and got the last out. After it was only a 6-1 lead for the Reds.
In the third, the first batter grounded out to Jake who fired across to DJ at first for out one. The fielding errors in a row on dribblers back to the mound loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored a run, but Kahlil settled down and got the next batter to popout to Jake at short and the last batter popped out to DJ at first. Bottom of the third and the Nats were struckout in order. After three it was Reds 7 Nationals 1.
Frankie came on in the 4th and had some control problems. Four walks scored a run and a long double to right center scored three more. Bottom of the fourth and Anthony grounded out to the mound for out one. Kahlil grounded out to first for out two. Jake walked and then Frankie hit a hard shot to short that ended up as a fielders choice at second for out three. After four it was Reds 11 Nationals 1.
Top of the fifth and Jake came on in relief. The first batter grounded out to short where Kahlil fired to Henry for out one. A walk and a strikeout put a runner on first with two outs. A walk and a couple of hits scored two runs but Jake settled down and struck out the last batter. Bottom of the fifth and Shane grounded out to the mound. Henry grounded out to the mound and the Reds pitcher struck out the next batter. After five it was Red 13 Nationals 1.
Top of the sixth and Jake gave up a walk and a double. He settled down and struck out the next batter. The next batter walked to load the bases. Henry came on in relief and got the next batter to ground out to first, but an overthrow to the plate resulted in two runs. The last batter lined out to Kahlil at first to end the threat. The Nationals kept battling and Joseph T led off with a walk. After two strikeouts. Anthony singled to score Joseph T. Kahlil beat out an infield hit. Jake blasted a double to left and went to third on a bad throw. Two Anthony and Kahlil scored. The Reds pitcher struck out the next batter to end the game. Final Score: Reds 15 Nationals 3.
Coach Grossman was available only briefly as the team has a game on Monday. He said, ” Well you hate to lose one like this. We put 10 balls in play which shows we are swinging the bats. Our pitchers didn’t throw as many strikes today and that put our defense on its heels and we had more troubles in the field. I’m proud of our guys for not giving up and scoring some runs in the sixth. “