Nick Senzel’s heroics help Reds complete sweep of Nationals

Nick Senzel’s heroics help Reds complete sweep of Nationals

The Cincinnati Reds completed a four-game sweep against the Washington Nationals on July 6. In the ninth inning, Nick Senzel made a crucial catch and then hit a two-run homer in the tenth to secure a 5-4 victory for the Reds. Cincinnati has been on a winning streak, with five consecutive wins and 20 wins out of their last 24 games. They have also been dominant on the road, winning 14 out of their last 15 away games. The Reds have extended their home-run streak to 20 games, just one game behind their franchise record set in 1956.

In the ninth inning, with the score tied, Washington’s Riley Adams hit a double to right center against Tony Santillan. However, Senzel made an impressive jumping catch at the wall to deny CJ Abrams a hit. Alex Call then popped out, ending the inning. In the tenth inning, with Tyler Stephenson starting on second base, Senzel hit a first-pitch fastball from Hunter Harvey for a home run to left-center, giving the Reds a go-ahead lead.

Santillan pitched one inning and Alexis Diaz worked a challenging tenth inning to secure his 25th save. In the tenth, Call advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lane Thomas, making the score 5-4. Jeimer Candelario was hit by a pitch, and Luis Garcia pinch-ran. After Dominic Smith struck out, Corey Dickerson grounded out, advancing the runners. However, Keibert Ruiz flied out, ending the game.

In the seventh inning, Call hit a solo home run, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead. However, the Reds tied the game in the eighth inning when Will Benson doubled and scored on a pinch-hit single by Joey Votto. Riley Adams had an impressive performance for Washington, with three hits, while Lane Thomas contributed two hits and three RBIs.

The Reds took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Benson walked and later scored on a single by Kevin Newman. In the fifth inning, Abrams reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base with two outs. Call walked, and after a double steal, Thomas hit a single to left, bringing in both runners and giving the Nationals a 2-1 lead. Cincinnati tied the game in the sixth inning when TJ Friedl walked, Matt McLain was hit by a pitch, and Elly De La Cruz hit a double. Friedl scored, but McLain was thrown out at home by Abrams’ relay throw.

The game experienced a rain delay of one hour and 43 minutes in the second inning.

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