The National team entered Wednesday 22nd as runners-up in scoring in the first two games but both won. Washington finished 7 with 14 in matinee and still lost.
Reynolds dealt damage to three different pitchers – a two-way home run against left-back Paolo Espino in the first round, a solo to knock out Carl Edwards Jr in the sixth round and a triple blast in the sixth round. In the seventh inning, a shot on the opposite side of the field into the away team’s cowshed sent Kyle Finnegan to his head in the second minute when his shot made contact with Reynolds’ bat. The last game proved the difference although the Nationals (29-49) made the late innings interesting.
Yadiel Hernandez made a home run alone in Saturday’s game to take the Nationals into the first round. They loaded the bases with two excellent points in season eight, but Luis Garcia Fly out to the left to end the threat.
“Even in the last half, I thought we would come back and at least draw the game, but that didn’t happen,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m proud of the way the boys are playing.”
The one-round loss was even harder to swallow with what came at the end of the fifth inning. With second and third place and one out, Josh Bell caught a sinking driveway from Ke’Bryan Hayes. Both runners showed up on the swing, so Bell threw for third runner Ehire Adrianza for a clear third win.
Adrianza tagged Hoy Park first before tagging the third facility. The umpires said they had never seen Adrianza tag the base, although Adrianza said after the game he did. Rule 5.09(c)(4) states that a defensive team is required to officially take a free throw or mark an athlete running away from its base too early, even if technically, that team qualifies as the “fourth inning” of a set.
Jack Suwinski scored from third on the right before Park was disqualified, and because the Nationals players did not officially appeal whether he left base early, the run counted.
However, Washington has plenty of opportunities in a back-and-forth competition.
After Reynolds’ first home game, Washington scored five times defeating Pirates starter Mitch Keller. Bell doubled the lead and Nelson Cruz sang a single on the next pitch to score Bell. Cruz then came to score in Keibert Ruiz’s single to end the match at 2.
Juan Soto, who entered Wednesday, 7 points 56 (.125) with a second-place scorer, doubled the lead in the second half to score Adrianza. But the Pirates took the lead again after Daniel Vogelbach’s home run in the fourth leg off Espino and a strange streak of runs dominated the fifth leg.
The Nationals took the lead late in the half after shots on target from Ruiz and Yadiel Hernandez, and both had chances to score in César Hernández’s single header with two goals.
Ruiz thinks there’s someone in the inning and waits for the ball to drop, so Hernandez is right behind him, and the two rush home. Ruiz had just taken a throw-in on the left, but Hernandez was disqualified at home.
Reynolds scored in each of the next two innings, and eventually the Nationals ran out of answers.
“Today is his day,” Ruiz said.
“We have 16 hits, there are seven runs,” Bell said. “Yes, we can hit more. I mean, there’s always an opportunity to run more. But I think it looks like we’ve got a lot that we have to make up for. And I’ll just leave it at that. “
What does Rule 5.09(c)(4) say about being attractive? Much. “Engaging plays may require the umpire to recognize a clear ‘fourth round’. If the third out is made during a play in which the appeal play is maintained on another runner, the appeal play decision takes precedence in determining the out. If there is more than one appeal during a match at the end of an inning, the defending side may choose to draw a card that gives it an advantage. For the purposes of this rule, the defending team has ‘left the field’ when the pitcher and all players entering the field have left the fair area en route to the bench or clubhouse. “
How did Mason Thompson get into his rehab? Thompson (biceps tendonitis) made his third appearance in the past seven days for Class AAA Rochester on Tuesday night. He threw the ball two innings and allowed two hits, but recorded his third no-goal against the Red Wings. Martinez said his next move will be pitching on back-to-back days and throwing multiple innings.