Sunday, April 7, 2013

Highlights and notables from Reds series win over Nationals

The Redlegs (4-2) took the rubber match of the series Sunday by turning away the Nationals (4-2), 6-3.

It was matchup pitting two aces against one another: Washington's Stephen Strasburg vs. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. Although the affair promised to be a pitcher's duel, it certainly didn't start out that way.

Strasburg surrendered three runs to the host Reds in the bottom of the first frame, while Cueto coughed up three runs in the top of the second, courtesy of a three-run homer by Nats catcher Kurt Suzuki.

However, in the end, it was Dusty Baker's crew who emerged victorious. They used a three-run sixth to cap off a successful homestand with back-to-back series wins, and over two really good ballclubs at that.

Here are some notables and highlights from the game...

+ Cueto earned his first win of the season after tossing six innings, striking out six, walking three, and allowing seven hits.

+ Sean Marshall made his season debut by hurling a scoreless seventh inning. He had been previously resting his shoulder due to fatigue.

Aroldis Chapman nailed down his second save of the 2013 campaign by blowing Nats leadoff hitter Denard Span away with a 101 MPH fastball.

+ Shin-Soo Choo, Xavier Paul, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce each had two hits a piece.

+ One of those hits by Bruce was a double -- his fourth of the year.

+ Frazier batted in his team-leading ninth run of the young season.

+ Joey Votto was held hitless, but he did draw two walks, and forced opposing pitchers to throw 27 pitches to him in five plate appearances.

+ A crowd of 32,514 was on hand for a contest that lasted just over three hours.

+ Next up for the Reds is a road trip to St. Louis for a series with the Cardinals. They'll kickoff the action Monday night at Busch Stadium. First pitch is set for 4:15 PM.

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