The Nats bats exploded in the early innings Saturday night, allowing them to hold on to the 10-6 victory over the Reds.
The offense started in the top of the second inning when Adam Dunn launched a solo shot to left field off of Cincinnati starter, Johnny Cueto.
That was just the warm up.
The next inning the Nats line up blew up. It all began with starting pitcher J.D Martin’s bloop single. Then after Nyjer Morgan reached on a single, Ronnie Belliard knocked home Martin. Then Zimmerman singled in Morgan. Willingham singed in Belliard and Gonzalez doubled in Zimmerman, Willingham and Dukes. Six runs in a flash and after two and a half innings the Nationals had a huge 7-0 lead.
J.D Martin didn’t just help with his bat, he pitched six strong innings Saturday. The rookie went six innings allowing only six hits and no earned runs. It was his second win of the season.
After the Nats laid seven runs on Reds starting pitcher Jonny Cueto, Former National Kip Wells came in to play mop-up. Wells posted an 0-2 record with a 6.49 ERA for the Nats in 23 games this season, and hasn’t been much better so far with the Reds. Wells allowed three earned runs in his mop-up duty Saturday while walking two and striking out five.
The Nationals also committed three errors Saturday night.