Thru 3: Reds up 2-0

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There have been ominous-looking storm clouds surrounding Nationals Park for the better part of an hour now, yet not a single drop of rain has fallen. Thus, we avoided our MLB-leading 10th rain delay of the season, the game began on time and we’ve made it through three innings.

The Reds lead 2-0 by virtue of Jay Bruce’s towering homer off Shairon Martis in the second. The ball landed in the second deck above the right-field bullpen, quite a shot. Martis has otherwise been solid. He wasn’t helped by his defense, though, in the top of the third.

Josh Willingham is making his first career start in right field, a move designed to allow Adam Dunn to remain in left field on a daily basis. Well, Jerry Hairston hit a routine line drive right at Willingham, and he proceeded to drop it. E9. Yikes.

Offensively, it’s been the same old story for the Nats. They’ve put at least one man on base in each of the first three innings yet failed to score a run. Biggest gaffe came in the third, when Cristian Guzman hit a one-out triple but was stranded on third.

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