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Game 156: Reds at Nats

Sep 28, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Well, they’ll still be playing a ballgame here today. It’s the final home game of the season, and a bizarre one at that, considering it’s one game against the Reds, who had to fly into town just for this makeup after their July 8 game was rained out. It means nothing in the standings. And it comes with so much else swirling around the Nationals, none of it having anything to do with this game.

But they will play, and so Max Scherzer will be on the mound. Bryce Harper is not in the lineup; that was originally planned but Matt Williams also decided to officially say Harper is out today as punishment for his role in yesterday’s incident. Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth also are out, given a planned day off.

We’ll probably be keeping the in-game updates to a minimum today, because honestly there are several more pressing things we need to write. But regardless, enjoy the game and the conversation here as always…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184/869
Weather: Cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (79-76)
CF Michael Taylor
SS Trea Turner
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
RF Matt den Dekker
2B Dan Uggla
RHP Max Scherzer

REDS (63-92)
LF Skip Schumaker
2B Ivan DeJesus
1B Joey Votto
3B Todd Frazier
RF Jay Bruce
SS Eugenio Suarez
CF Brennan Boesch
C Tucker Barnhardt
LHP Brandon Finnegan

UMPIRES
HP Marty Foster
1B Mike Muchlinski
2B Mark Wegner (cc)
3B Sam Holbrook

4:30 p.m. — So … Max Scherzer hasn’t allowed a hit through five innings so far. Yep. Guess we may need to pay some actual attention to this game, huh? Nats lead 2-0 after five.

4:46 p.m. — He’s through the sixth, having allowed only two walks. Wilson Ramos’ homer expanded the lead to 3-0.

Chase here taking over for Mark while he writes his game story

5:09 p.m. — Scherzer is now through seven innings without allowing a hit. He struck out Votto with 99 mile per hour heat for the first out. Frazier then grounded out to Turner at shortstop for the second out. Bruce walked on 11 pitches before Suarez hit a slow dribbler to Scherzer for the third out. Scherzer needs six more outs and he’s at 98 pitches. Is this really happening?

5:29 p.m. — Okay, it’s over. Barnhart singled to left field with one out to break up Scherzer’s no-hit bid. Oh well, that was fun while it lasted. The Reds actually scored a run, as Barnhart came home on a single to center by Schumaker. It’s now 4-1 Nats in the middle of the eighth.

5:44 p.m. — Nats win 5-1. Another wild day at Nationals Park. Now, we see what Rizzo has to say.

  1. Section 222 - Sep 28, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    I’ll heading over, and will boo MW whenever he steps on the field. I hope Bryce gets to PH so MW can hear the ovation he’ll get. And it will be the last time he hears the DC fans cheer Bryce because MW is so gone.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      Boo twice, will ya? I’m still unable to go for a bunch of different reasons. Wish I could be there.

      BTW, What a cast of MLB players there will be on the field from both clubs for the last home game of the season, eh?

  2. sunshinebobby - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Why? Uggla? Again why?

    What, we haven’t seen enough of this guy this season?

    Why?

    • ArVAFan - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      Sac fly yesterday. A productive out is better than nothing.

      • langleyclub - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

        Are you kidding me? Play Difo or anyone else with any chance of a future in DC.

      • jd - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        langley,

        MW never stops to amaze. Why on earth would you play Uggla today? Ramos?

        What’s wrong with Diso and Severino. I mean this game means less than a spring training game.

    • alexva6 - Sep 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      why Ramos as well.

      Severino and Difo should be playing

  3. janebeard - Sep 28, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Man what train wreck. I can’t believe any of the have the heart to play. But TyMo made a mighty fine catch, so there’s that.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Serious question: Why are they even playing the game? Aren’t these the sorts of meaningless — to the final standings/playoff pairings — that often get cancelled (even if they’ve already been ‘rescheduled’?

    • jd - Sep 28, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      I don’t think they want to lose the gate.

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