Bryce Harper showed why he is an All-Star and why the Washington Nationals are the only entity in that city, not in disarray in a 5-0 whitewash of the Reds..
Harper blasted two home runs off Reds starter Tim Adleman to drive in three runs, jealously protected by Gio Gonzalez, who turned in his ninth straight quality start of six innings or more.
It was Harper;s fourth multi-home run game this season to bring his season total to 22. He has perforned the feat 10 other times in his six-year career.
Adleman was behind the eight ball early.
"Adleman has ggod stuff," Bryan Price said. "The last couple of games he got into good counts but had trouble putting hitters away."
Wilmer Dilfo singled ahead of Harper’s first home run of the game. Harper’s second was a leadoff shot to center in the fifth.
"I tried to get him to roll over a change up but I pulled it back over the plate," Adleman said.
The Reds got a leadoff infield hit from Billy Hamilton but Zack Cozart, the Reds contribution to the National League starting lineup, hit into a double play.
Scott Schebler nicked Gonzalez with an infield hit in the second inning. Adam Duvall hit a one-out double in the fourth and Eugenio Suarez walked but the inning ended when Goodwin made a diving catch on Jose Peraza’s line drive.
Gonzalez retired the next nine batters in order until Tucker Barnhart, ran out the Reds’ third infield hit of the game. Gonzalez retired the next four batters, his last being Reds other All-Star, Joey Votto.
"We don't have to tip our caps to pitchers too often," Price said. "We need to put more pressure on them. We got six base runners off Gonzalez and four of them were infield hits."
Matt Albers came in to get the final two outs but the Reds loaded the bases with two outs and Barnhart due up. Matt Grace came in to earn the save by getting Barnhart to ground out on a diving stop by Drew.