This time, Aroldis Chapman got his man. Chapman struck out Danny Espinosa for the final out on Wednesday, and the Reds left the D.C. with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. That score, incidentally, was the same one that Chapman couldn't hold two nights before, when Espinosa led off the ninth inning with a double and came around to score, in what would end up being a 15-inning Reds victory. With the win, the Reds finished their Joey Votto-less road trip even, 3-3, and won the three-game series in Washington. They did it Wednesday on the back of starter Alfredo Simon, who gave up a leadoff homer and nothing else in his seven innings of work. Simon allowed just five hits. He walked one, hit one and struck out six, to improve to 6-2 on the season. Simon sat through a one-hour, one-minute rain delay having thrown 73 pitches through five inning. He responded with a five-pitch sixth and then finished off the seven, to hand the game over to the bullpen with a lead.
Chapman, Reds hold on for series win over Nationals
Cincinnati Enquirer | May 21