Zach Duke, Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus combined to give up nine runs in relief.
The Nats put up just five hits and were shut out by a trio of Reds pitchers. Kurt Suzuki and Ian Desmond both committed fielding errors.
Pretty much nothing went right for Davey Johnson’s boys in tonight’s 15-0 loss to the Reds. In fact, this is the most lopsided loss in the Nationals’ history, since baseball returned to D.C.
Six home runs allowed, 19 hits allowed, nine extra-base hits allowed.
That ain’t good. It sure ain’t good.
You often hear players say that the close losses - the hard-fought, tight, one-run defeats - are the toughest to get past.
If that’s the case, this one should be pretty easy to put in the rear-view mirror. The Nats got stomped tonight, but the positive side of it all is that a loss is a loss.
Haren’s struggles will be something we’ll discuss. Rodriguez’s poor outing is a bit of a concern given his history, even though it followed a 1-2-3 inning the other day. Adam LaRoche is still hitless on the season.
The Nats won’t go 162-0 this season. But 161-1 is still in play.