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Reds hit six homers, four off Dan Haren, in beating Nationals

Apr 5, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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Sweeping the Marlins wasn’t much of a tuneup for tonight; the Nationals gave up a whopping six homers Friday in a 15-0 loss to the Reds.

Nationals pitchers had allowed just one run this season before Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart hit back-to-back jacks in the second inning tonight. Both would go deep again later in the contest, and Shin-Soo Choo and Xavier Paul added homers of their own in the rout.

Haren, making his regular-season Nationals debut, gave up four homers for the fifth time in his career. He’s never allowed more. His velocity hasn’t been what the Nationals were hoping for when they gave him a one-year, $13 million contract in the offseason, and he’s now given up 11 homers in 31 1/3 innings since the beginning of the spring.

The six homers was the most the Nationals have given up since the Expos moved to D.C. The franchise last surrendered six homers in a game against the Braves on July 7, 2004.

The Reds hit six homers for the first time since connecting on seven against the Padres on Aug. 13, 2011.

In addition to the barrage at the plate, the Reds got six scoreless innings from Homer Bailey. Cozart had his first career two-homer game, while Frazier delivered his second.

  1. thomas844 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Maybe now ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and MLB Network will pay some attention to the Reds now. They are all practically handing the 2013 World Series trophy to the Nationals right now.

    • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      hey hand it to someone at the beginning of every season. This year it’s the Gnats. Year before that, it was the Feelies. So what?

      You want them to pay attention, ship them some Cincinnati chili and a couple of loaves of goetta. Let them make the adjustment first.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Point of order – 2011 everyone handed the Phillies the W.S., no such handing occured last year

        http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/02/expert.picks.2012/index.html

        I could not find ESPN’s, but I vividly recall they did not even have a majority of there 45 person team picking the Phillies to win the division.

        But your averall point stands. 2013 Gnats = 2007 Mets

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      The Reds are a good team but their last 2 times in the playoffs they’ve embarassed themselves in the postseason. There’s no reason to give them any kind of early season trophies yet.

  2. cowartsh - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Lol love it. Suck it nationals

  3. boyofzimmer - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Media keeps talking about Haren being such an unbelievable 5th starter… This ain’t 2003!!!

    • skeleteeth - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      No kidding. Every year I go through this internal convo with myself come fantasy draft time about how I’m not going to draft Haren. But I still do, at least for one league every year. Sadly this year was no different. At least he didn’t walk anyone! These are the things we tell ourselves…

  4. 13arod - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    i like the nationals and the reds so i went for the home team but reds are getting better every year and deserve a world series trophy already

    • Old Gator - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Um – you don’t “deserve” a World Series trophy. You have to win it.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    15-0 isn’t just a beating, they got straight up mollywopped!

  6. sire2334 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    As a Nats fan this isn’t embarrassing. The Reds are a serious team. With that said, 15-0 or 1-0 a loss is a loss and runs don’t carry over. Davey is unflappable so I’m sure he’ll have the team ready to go. No worries….

  7. echech88 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    So that pitcher that the Cubs and Red Sox backed out of a trades on at the last minute and the Angels opted to replace with Joe freaking Blanton might have been damaged goods?

    Weird. It’s almost like everyone knew that.

  8. contraryguy - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    The bombfest was fun to watch for us Reds fans, but didn’t tell us much… none of the Nats better relievers were used, and we’re playing through the end of the rotations. Until Sunday… Cueto vs Strasburg, now THAT will be a contest.

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