The Washington Nationals had a chaotic day: They placed an ailing Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with neck pain.
An hour later, the team announced that slugger Bryce Harper would be scratched from tonight's game against the Reds with lingering soreness after getting hit by a pitch yesterday.
Things should have calmed down once play got underway at Great American Ballpark. Somehow, the opposite happened.
It all started in the fifth inning when Cincinnati pitcher Raisel Iglesias beaned Gio Gonzalez in the hip area.
The following inning, rookie Michael Taylor hit a three-run homer to give Washington a 3-2 lead. Gonzalez stepped up to the plate next, only to get hit by Iglesias again.
The ball struck Gonzalez in the upper left arm. While the plunking didn't appear intentional, the Nationals dugout was unhappy to see their lefty starter hit in the pitching arm.
Gonzalez returned to the mound for the bottom of the sixth, but gave up a walk and two runs before manager Matt Williams replaced him with Blake Treinen. After the game, Williams said Gonzalez's struggled had nothing to do with the stinger.
The seventh inning proved just as dramatic as the prior two when Yunel Escobar was called out on strikes. He began arguing with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher and got himself tossed.
The Nationals went on to lose the game 8-5 after the Reds scored four runs off Casey Janssen in the eighth.
So, to recap the events of May 30: Strasburg was placed on the DL, Harper was scratched, Gonzalez was hit by pitches twice, Escobar was ejected AND the Nats lost a series for first time in a month.
The silver lining? Tomorrow brings Washington one more chance to salvage a win in Cincinnati.
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