Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Falls 9-6 On Joey Votto Walk-Off Grand Slam

Cincinnati's first baseman hits three home runs, including a two-out, walk-off grand slam to deny Washington a series sweep.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Falls Victim To The Big Bat Of Cincinnati's Joey Votto

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the bases loaded and with the Washington Nationals holding on to a slim, 6-5 lead, Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto -- down to his last strike -- changed all that with one swing of the bat.

Votto crushed a Henry Rodriguez 4-seam fastball to center field for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Reds the victory by a final score of 9-6. The home run was Votto's fifth of the season.

The loss snaps Washington's three-game winning streak and helped the Reds avoid the weekend sweep.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Game To Begin After Lengthy Delay

After a delay of nearly four hour, the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds will finally get to play on Sunday, as the Reds have just announced that the game will get underway at 4:45 p.m. ET.

Edwin Jackson and Bronson Arroyo are still slated to be the starting pitchers, and no changes have been made to the two teams' lineups.

Since the teams only had one common off-day the rest of the year on September 13, Reds officials wanted to do everything they could to get the game played today, leading to the lengthy delay.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Rain Delays Start Of Sunday's Game

The weather is not cooperating throughout much of the eastern half of the country, including Cincinnati. Rain has caused the Cincinnati Reds to delay the start of their game against the Washington Nationals.

First pitch was scheduled for 1:10 ET, however at approximately 12:40, the Reds announced the game will not start on time.

Reds officials have said that the weather situation is improving, and they will provide word on the start time of Sunday's game as soon as possible. Given that this is Washington's only trip to Cincinnati all season, they will do everything they can to get in today's game.

The current weather in Cincinnati can be found HERE.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Roger Bernadina Hits Second In Lineup On Sunday, Jesus Flores Replaces Injured Wilson Ramos

Pending some possible rain, the Washington Nationals will take the field on Sunday looking to sweep the Cincinnati Reds. The Roger Bernadina audition in left field continues, with the speedy outfielder batting second on Sunday. Bryce Harper will again bat fifth, and Jesus Flores will be in the lineup, replacing the injured Wilson Ramos. It was reported on Sunday that Ramos tore a knee ligament and will require surgery. The team will place the catcher on the 15-day disabled list, and he may be lost for the entire season.

The official lineup, via the team's twitter feed:

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Wilson Ramos Injury Update: Catcher Needs Surgery For Torn Knee Ligament, According To Report

The injury news for the Washington Nationals continues to pile up. Catcher Wilson Ramos was injured in Saturday night's game with the Cincinnati Reds, and after initially not knowing the extent of the injury it now appears to be serious. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

The loss of Ramos is yet another blow to an already depleted Washington lineup. Sandy Leon of Harrisburg has been called up to at least serve initially as the team's back-up catcher.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Aims For Sweep Of Cincinnati On Sunday

On Sunday in Cincinnati the Washington Nationals go for a sweep of the Reds, and if the first six weeks of the season are any indication, stellar starting pitching will be the key to a victory. Washington has by far the best rotation ERA in the bigs, a minuscule 2.24, and four of the rotation's starters are in the Top 15 in the National League in ERA.

Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.49 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals, less than a month after two-hitting Cincinnati at Nationals Park. Jackson needed just 92 pitches in the 4-1 victory over the Reds.

Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 2.75) will take the hill for the Reds. Arroyo's career against the Nationals has been erratic to say the least. In 10 starts, he has pitched at least six scoreless innings five times, giving up two runs over eight innings in another. The other four starts? Arroyo is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA.

Washington suffered yet another injury on Saturday night, as catcher Wilson Ramos was hurt. Sandy Leon from Harrisburg has been called up to serve as the Nationals back-up catcher.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Wilson Ramos Injury Means Call-Up For Sandy Leon

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was injured in Saturday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and with the team not knowing the extent of the injury yet a backup catcher is needed for the immediate future. Harrisburg's Sandy Leon happened to be playing in Akron this weekend, so he gets the call. Via Amanda Comak of the Washington Times:

The Washington Nationals won't know for sure until Sunday morning just how serious the injury is to catcher Wilson Ramos, but in need of an immediate move to have a backup catcher for Sunday's game, the club is planning to give Sandy Leon an opportunity.

Leon, 23, is a switch-hitting catcher who is considered one of the Nationals' best prospects at the position and was named the best defensive catcher in the Carolina League during the 2011 season by Baseball America. Leon has drawn raves from the Nationals' scouts since he signed in 2007 for his exceptional receiving skills, his quick release and his strong throwing arm.

Leon is batting .319 at Harrisburg, with 10 doubles, four walks and only 10 strikeouts in 94 at-bats. His stay with the team will likely be determined by the severity of the injury to Ramos.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Pair Of Home Runs Give Washington 2-1 Victory

The Washington Nationals (21-12) grabbed their third consecutive win on Saturday night -- a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds (16-16) at Great American Ball Park. It did, however, come at a price. During the bottom of the seventh inning, Nats cathcer Wilson Ramos was forced to leave the game after twisting his right knee while attempting to grab a passed ball. His status is unknown, possibly adding to Washington's growing list of injuries.

Helping maintain their modest winning streak, the Nationals grabbed the win after two solo home runs from Ramos and Danny Espinosa in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.

Getting the start for Washington was Jordan Zimmermann, who lasted seven innings, struck out nine batters and gave up just one run to improve to 2-3 on the season.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Wilson Ramos Leaves Game With Knee Injury

Add another player to the Washington Nationals' growing list of injured starters. During the bottom of the seventh inning, catcher Wilson Ramos was chasing down a passed ball, but during the process, twisted his right knee while making a play to grab it. Nations beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has an update on the injury with a series of tweets:

Right knee for Ramos. As he picked up the ball, his spike caught and his knee twisted. Awful looking.

Ramos putting no weight on his right knee, carried off by trainers. No way to know, but that looked serious.

Based on Ramos' reaction, it doesn't look good.

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Photo via bubbaprog.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Tied With Cincinnati After Five Innings

The Washington Nationals are tied with the Cincinnati Reds 1-1 after five innings on Saturday night. Thus far, the Nationals have been held to just three hits, but a fifth-inning homer from catcher Wilson Ramos evened the score at one apiece.

Cincinnati's sole run came in the bottom of the first inning when shortstop Brandon Phillips grounded out but scored leadoff hitter Zack Cozart.

Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmermann has kept the Reds' hitters at bay. The Washington starter has struck out eight batters over the five innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits and no walks.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Lineup: Bryce Harper Will Bat Fifth, Roger Bernadina Again In LF

Despite injuring himself after smashing a bat on Friday night, Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper is in the lineup for Saturday evening's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Via Amanda Comak, Nationals beat writer for the Washington Times:

Roger Bernadina's audition in left field will also continue on Saturday. Bernadina played well Friday night, going two for five with a home run and three runs batted in.

Saturday's game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch from the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Television coverage will be provided by MASN2, with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Jordan Zimmermann Takes The Mound Saturday Evening In Cincinnati

The NL East-leading Washington Nationals (20-12) will take the field on Saturday night hoping to repeat the offensive performance of Friday evening, but may have to do so without phenom Bryce Harper. Washington scored seven runs in defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-3, but Harper required ten stitches after a bat he smashed against a wall hit him under the left eye.

The Nationals seven run outburst is amazingly just two less total runs than the team has scored for Saturday's starter Jordan Zimmermann all year. The young right-hander has received zero or one run in five of his six starts, making his record just 1-2 despite a stellar 2.29 ERA. In his career, Zimmermann is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati (16-15) will counter with prized offseason acquisition Mat Latos (2-2, 4.93 ERA) on the bump. Latos struggled out of the gate this season, but seems to have righted the ship after a 11 strikeout, six inning win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last weekend. Latos is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in five career starts against Washington.

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Bryce Harper Injury: Nats Outfielder Gets 10 Stitches After Accidentally Hitting Himself With Bat

Washington Nationals superstar rookie Bryce Harper is often described as playing the game at full-speed with top-notch intensity at all times. On Friday night, he injured himself during a game in Cincinnati when he took out his frustrations in the clubhouse. While the Nationals' offense broke out against the Reds, the leftfielder was 0 for 5 at the plate and apparently slammed a bat into a wall in anger. The bat promptly retaliated by ricocheting off the wall and catching him in the head. Via Amanda Comak of The Washington Times:

The resulting gash apparently required 10 stitches, perhaps putting him in jeopardy for Saturday night's game against the Reds. But the 19 year-old phenom told Adam Kilgore that he will be ready to play:

Here's a pic of the damage, caught by @bstouttt:

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Nationals Vs. Reds Recap: Washington Offense Comes Alive Early In 7-3 Win

After a rough start to the week, the Washington Nationals won their second straight game on Friday night, taking the series opener in Cincinnati. But unlike Thursday when it was the brilliance of Stephen Strasburg in a close game, the Nats jumped on Reds' starter Mike Leake early to give Gio Gonzalez a seven-run cushion. It was the Nats 20th win of the season, as they continue atop the NL East standings

Roger Bernadina started things off for Washington, hammering a Leake pitch to the power alley in right-center for the two-run lead. Adam LaRoche doubled home Ryan Zimmerman just two batters later to put a three-spot on the board before Cincinnati had even come to the plate. That production matched their first-inning runs for the entire season to date.

After Bernadina added another RBI in the second, Danny Espinosa crushed his second homer of the season to blow things open at 6-0. Espinosa has had a rough season at the plate, but he went low and hammered a Leake change-up into the right-field bleachers. It was a rocket that will hopefully kick-start the second baseman on offense.

The seven run lead was plenty for Gonzalez, who mowed down the Reds over five innings of work. Gio struck out nine Cincinnati batters, including a stretch of six straight in the second and third inning. He got a little wild later on but left the game with a five-run lead.

Lost in all the early runs was the work of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman at the plate. In just his second game back after dealing with a shoulder injury, Zimmerman had an impressive three hit night.

Game 2 will be Saturday night on the Ohio River, with Jordan Zimmermann on the hill for Washington. Matt Latos will go for Cincinnati.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Lineup: Harper Bats No. 5, Bernadina Starts In Left For Washington

The Washington Nationals open their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds by sending pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the hill. The Nationals, hoping to provide more offense for the pitcher, have right fielder Bryce Harper batting in the No. 5 spot in the lineup following third baseman Ryan Zimmermann at No. 3 and first baseman Adam LaRoche at No. 4.

Roger Bernadina will start in left field and bat in the No. 2 spot in the Nationals' lineup. The rest of the Nationals lineup is as follows:

Friday's game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch from the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Television coverage will be provided by MASN 2 with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Concludes Brief Road Swing In Cincinnati

The Washington Nationals begin a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Can the Nationals' pitching continue to stay hot against the Reds?

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