The visiting Washington Nationals are seeking their first road series win in more than a month, while the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to bounce back from a bullpen collapse in Sunday’s final four series. matches.
Behind two long homers from Juan Soto, the Nationals erased a 7-3 hole on Saturday and rallied for a 10-8 win over a tired Reds bullpen, giving Washington two wins in its first three games in Cincinnati.
The Reds send ace Luis Castillo (2-2, 3.38 ERA) to the mound on Sunday. Castillo, who will be making his sixth start of the season, appears to be getting back into shape. In his last three starts, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA, striking out 21 and walking just four in 17 innings and holding opponents to a .194 batting average.
In Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Boston, Castillo struck out 10, walked three and allowed just one hit in six innings.
Castillo will look to break through in his sixth career start against the Nationals. He’s 0-4 with a 4.94 ERA in five starts spanning 27 1/3 innings.
The Nationals counter with left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-8, 6.96), trying to put a tough May behind him. He was 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA during that stretch, and in his last start he was scored for seven runs on 12 hits in just 4 1/3 innings of a loss. 10-0 on the road against the New York Mets.
Corbin is making his 11th career start and 12th appearance against the Reds, going 3-4 and having a 4.04 ERA. Corbin last faced the Reds on Sept. 23, 2021, pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings and picking up the win in a 3-2 Washington win at Cincinnati.
With a two-out single to right-center late in the third inning Saturday afternoon, Joey Votto collected hit No. 2049 and broke a tie with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for fourth on the roster. all-time success of the Reds. . Only Pete Rose (3,358), Barry Larkin (2,340) and Dave Concepcion (2,326) have more.
Since returning from the COVID injured roster on May 20, Votto started Saturday with a 1.150 OPS and .738 hitting mark, and he’s connected for all four of his homers this season.
“I’ve got, like, a month to catch up,” said Votto, who entered Saturday with 0.181. “I always hit under .200. But it’s coming. I feel good. It will come quickly, very quickly.
“I always say Joey is like a sink or swim, adapt or die guy,” said teammate Kyle Farmer. “He works hard in the cage. He comes every day and works hard. And it shows right now. When he hits, our team is doing well.
Tyler Stephenson came off a career-worst 0-for-15 crash Saturday when he scored a third-inning single. He added another single in Cincinnati’s five-run fifth and a walk on his first plate appearance.
Lane Thomas went 2 for 4 with a walk on Saturday, a day after the best game of his four-year career. He homered three times and drove in four runs in Washington’s 8-5 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.
“He was very aggressive, which we like,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said. “He’s a fastball hitter. When he puts the ball in the area with fastballs and sliders, he hits the ball hard.
Reds manager David Bell says Jonathan India is due to undergo another MRI scan of his strained right hamstring on Monday. If the scan comes back clean, India will be cleared to start a rehab mission in the minor leagues.
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