Patrick Corbin, coming off a complete game shutout vs Miami in which he allowed just four hits, gave up 11 hits and eight runs (six earned) in just 2 2⁄3 innings against Cincinnati’s Reds tonight, putting Washington in an 8-1 hole before he was lifted from the outing.
It ended up a 9-3 loss for the Nationals, who couldn’t recover from the early deficit in the series opener in Great American Ball Park.
Corbin vs the Reds: Nine scoreless innings on the mound last time out lowered Nationals’ starter Patrick Corbin’s ERA from 3.25 to 2.85 in 11 starts and 72 2⁄3 IP, over which the left-hander has collected 81 Ks and held opposing hitters to a combined .202/.268/.336 line.
Any hope of a repeat performance ended three batters and three singles in, as Nick Senzel, Joey Votto, and Eugenio Suarez all put fastballs into play for hits, with Suarez’s driving in a run to make it 1-0 early. Yasiel Puig lined a 3-2 fastball off the wall in left to drive Votto in, 2-0, and it was 5-0 after Curt Casali hit a full-count fastball out to left on a line for a three-run blast.
Corbin, who’d given up more than six hits just once in his first eleven starts this season, was up to seven hits allowed after back-to-back singles followed the home run, but both runners were stranded at the end of a 30-pitch opening frame.
After a 1-2-3 second, three straight singles started the Reds’ third, loading the bases with no one out, and Trea Turner booted a potential DP grounder in the next at bat, allowing one run in, 6-1, and it was 7-1 on a one-out sac fly to left field by Nick Senzel, and 8-1 after Joey Votto lined an RBI single to center, just off the outstretched glove of Trea Turner at short, driving in another run and ending Corbin’s outing.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 2.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 65 P, 41 S, 5/1 GO/FO.
Mahle vs the Nationals: Reds’ starter Tyler Mahle snapped a six-start winless streak with a solid start against the LA Dodgers on May 18th, tossing six scoreless innings in which he allowed just four hits, but he struggled in the follow-up to that outing, giving up nine hits (three of them home runs) and six earned runs in five innings on the mound, receiving no decision in what ended up an 8-6 loss for the Reds in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Mahle struck out the side in the first, but a leadoff double by Juan Soto (on a catchable ball) and two groundouts led to the Nationals’ first run crossing the plate, though the Reds were up 5-1 at that point after a big bottom of the first inning.
It was 8-1 Reds in the fourth when Mahle gave up a solo shot to center by Soto on a 94 MPH 2-1 fastball that cleared the fence, 8-2. Soto’s 10th.
Victor Robles, Yan Gomes, and Trea Turner connected for singled in the top of the fifth, with Turner driving in a run to make it a 9-3 game in the Reds’ favor. Mahle got out of the fifth but was done at that point...
Tyler Mahle’s Line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks, 1 HR, 91 P, 55 S, 3/2 GO/FO.
Soto is Streaking: Juan Soto’s singled in his second at bat on Wednesday night, extending his career-best hit streak to 13-straight games, over which the 20-year-old had gone 22 for 49 (.449 AVG) with six doubles, one triple, three homers, eight walks, and 13 runs scored.
The streak took Soto from a .228/.345/.415 line to .291/.394/.523 on the season heading into tonight’s series opener with the Reds.
Soto doubled to left in his first at bat, on a catchable fly to left that outfielder José Peraza misplayed into a hit which gave the Nationals’ outfielder a 14-game hit streak and his 12th double of 2019, and he hit a home run in his second trip to the plate, No. 10 of 2019.
BULLPEN ACTION: Javy Guerra took over for Corbin and got the final out of the Reds’ third, and he returned to the mound in an 8-2 game in the fourth and gave up a one-out single and an RBI double in consecutive at bats with Curt Casali driving José Iglesias in to make it 9-2 Reds.
Victor Robles picked up an outfield assist in the bottom of the fifth, throwing Nick Senzel out at home after he doubled off Guerra and tried to score on a single by Joey Votto.
Jared Hughes took over for the Reds in the top of the sixth, and retired the Nationals in order.
Guerra returned to the mound in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Reds in order.
Hughes worked around a one-out walk, getting a 6-4-3 DP out of Trea Turner to end the top of the seventh.
Tony Sipp tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Zach Duke worked around back-to-back, two-out singles for a scoreless top of the eighth.
Matt Grace retired the Reds in order in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Matt Bowman got the ninth for the Reds and retired the Nationals in order to end it.
Nationals now 24-33