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Ben Revere's Space Jam-like slump continues in Nats' loss to Marlins

Ben Revere's Space Jam-like slump continues in Nats' loss to Marlins

The Nationals' two biggest offseason additions, Daniel Murphy and Ben Revere, have produced very different results with their new team through the first six weeks of the 2016 season. Murphy has been on fire as the Nats' hottest hitter, while Revere missed a month with an oblique injury and has yet to find his swing in the nine games since he's been back.

Revere, who has hit for .300 or better for three straight seasons, is understandably frustrated. He's batting just .093 and hasn't been able to provide the impact he knows he's capable of bringing atop the Nationals lineup.

Revere reached base on a walk in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, but is just 4-for-41 since returning on May 6 in Chicago. It's an unusual feeling for Revere, who had never experienced an oblique injury before this one.

"I feel like Charles Barkley and all those guys from Space Jam with all their power taken from them," he said.

Revere has been speaking with a friend of his who played in the big leagues and others who have dealt with oblique problems before. He has also received support from his teammates and coaches over the last few weeks.

"I told them just don't give up on me yet," Revere said. "To the fans: don't give up on me yet. I'm going to keep fighting. By the end of the year, hopefully I can bring great [success] to this ballclub."

Revere only has six strikeouts in his 10 games this season. Most of his outs have been on balls put in play. Before Sunday, Revere was 0-for-22 with zero strikeouts in his previous five games.

He's making contact, the hits just aren't falling in. Revere currently has a .108 batting average on balls in play. That is extraordinarily low.

"[I need] a couple of bunts or a couple of flares or something. Even some flares are getting caught and hard balls are getting caught. Everything. Hard groundballs right at them. You're supposed to hit it where they ain't," he said.

Revere has drawn positives from the fact he's making good contact and from his success in getting deep in counts. His second strikeout on Sunday came in a full count in the ninth inning.

"The average doesn't say I'm doing great on paper, but it's going to come along," he said.

Revere takes solace in knowing it's just a nine-game slump and all big leaguers go through them. It won't be easy breaking out of his current slide against the Mets, whom the Nats have next beginning on Tuesday. And it won't be easy against the likes of Noah Syndergaard and their vaunted pitching staff.

Revere, though, is staying positive.

"Hopefully I get a good night's sleep and then on the off-day walk around New York and get my magic back and my rhythm back and help these guys out with something. That's all I want to do is just help this team win as much as possible," he said.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.


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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.