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Game 156: Record Tying Grand Slam Allowed in Defeat

September 26, 2021
Nats Chat
Game 156: Record Tying Grand Slam Allowed in Defeat
Show Notes

The Nats lost 9-2 in Cincinnati as Ryne Harper yielded a MLB record tying fourteenth grand slam on the season by the pitching staff.  Before we get into our usual show, Tim does some end of season housekeeping.

(5:38) Mark & Al recap Josh Rogers' outing as he held the Reds scoreless early, but it unraveled for him the third time through the order. What was different for Rogers today as opposed to his previous solid outings?

(11:02) Only two relievers were used on Sunday, but Harper became the twelfth Nationals pitcher this season to allow a grand slam.  What has led to this phenomenon this year for the Nationals?  Or is it simply bad pitching?

(20:24) The offense had a rare off day as Juan Soto went 0 for 3 with a walk (138). Carter Kieboom returned to the lineup from his forearm issue and had two hits.

(24:38) Riley Adams was back behind the plate and also drew two walks.  Al is ecstatic to see Adams back on the field after the young catcher had been on the bench for the past week and a half.  Why haven't we seen him play first base at all?

(29:01) Washington is making their only trip of the season to Coors Field this week.  Do pitchers have to overcome psychological factors before pitching in that atmosphere? Will this be another bullpen heavy series?