Nationals outfielder Ben Revere is mobbed by his teammates following his game-winning double that scored Danny Espinosa with the decisive run in Washington’s 3-2, 14 inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on July 1st.
GAME 81 Nationals 3 Reds 2 (14 innings)
Nats Record- 49-32
WP- Petit (3-1) LP Ohlendorf (5-6)
The Nationals ended June with a five game winning streak, and that streak was extended to six on July 1st as the Nats outlasted the Cincinnati Reds in 14 inning marathon that was won on a hit by a player who has struggled for most of the 2016 season.
STARS OF THE GAME
Third Star– Nats’ starter Tanner Roark went seven innings and while he allowed eight hits and walked two, he limited the Reds to two runs. Roark is now 15-10 with a 2.70 ERA lifetime at Nationals Park. Among Washington pitchers with at least 25 games started at Nats Park, Roark’s ERA is the best:
ERA IN GAMES STARTED AT NATS PARK- Minimum 25 Starts
Tanner Roark 2.70
Stephen Strasburg 2.74
Jordan Zimmermann 3.11
Gio Gonzalez 3.17
Second Stars- The Nationals’ bullpen did yeoman’s work on Friday, pitching seven scoreless innings to keep the game tied until the Nats could push across a run in the 14th. Sammy Solis was very sharp in his two innings, retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. Shawn Kelley, Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen threw one scoreless frame each, and Yusmerio Petit picked up the win with two solid innings pitched in which he allowed only one hit.
Star of the Game- The 2016 season certainly has not gone as planned for Nationals’ centerfielder Ben Revere, but there have been signs that the speedy leadoff man may be on the verge of becoming the top of the order spark Washington thought he would be. On Friday, Revere had three hits including a double to right center that scored Danny Espinosa with the winning run. After posting brutal batting average and on base percentage numbers (.170/.225) in May, Revere heated up in June (.274/.326). With an excellent game behind him on the first day of July, perhaps his rise from the depths will continue.
Valiant in Defeat- Gritty Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart had a great game on Friday, going 3 for 5 at the plate, driving in a run and throwing out Jayson Werth on an attempted steal in the 10th inning. He also made some great saves on potential wild pitches in the eighth and ninth inning that could have led to an earlier win for the Nats if Barnhart had not intervened.
Daniel Murphy ended the first half of the campaign with a typical Murphy game from 2016, going 2 for 5 with two RBI and two doubles. His doubles showed how Murphy has sprayed hits to all regions of the field this year, with his first being a line drive two bagger to right to score Werth with the game tying run in the sixth inning and his second hugging the third base line in the eighth.
The game was the eighth contest that has gone at least 14 innings since Nationals Park opened in 2008. The longest game by innings at the Park was played on April 24th of this year, when the Nats topped Minnesota in 16 innings. The Nats played a 15 inning game against Cincinnati in 2014, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Reds on May 19th of that season. Friday’s win left the Nats with a 3-5 record in games of 14 innings or more at home since 2008.