Final R H E
San Diego Padres (32-43) 13 15 2
Cincinnati Reds (28-46) 4 4 0
W: Rea (4-3) L: Reed (0-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The Reds wore throwback 1976 uniforms, and they were oh-so-good. The Reds should wear them every day.

–Billy Hamilton went 2-3 with a triple, a walk, and a stolen base. Any time Hamilton gets on base three times, it’s a good day.

–Jay Bruce had a two-run single in the fourth inning. That actually gave the Reds a brief lead.

–Michael Lorenzen made his return to the Reds, and struck out the first hitter he faced on back-to-back 99 mph fastballs. He threw one 100 mph to the next hitter. (To be continued…)

The Bad
–(…continued from above) Lorenzen then promptly gave up a double and a two-run homer. It’s almost like he had a little success initially, but then didn’t want the rest of the bullpen to feel bad because they can’t get outs.

–San Diego scored in each of the first eight innings tonight. In the ninth, however, JC Ramirez SHUT THEM DOWN.

–With the Reds down 6-4, Billy Hamilton led off the sixth inning with a single. He immediately stole second base, whereupon Tucker Barnhart walked. So, with two runners on and no outs, Bryan Price Jim Riggleman (Price had already been ejected, as noted below) sent Ivan DeJesus Jr. to the plate…and called for a bunt. Just completely ludicrous strategy in the sixth inning, with no outs and a pitcher who was struggling.

Of course, it backfired completely. On the bunt, Hamilton was thrown out at third, which is harder than it might seem, but it happened. Cozart and Votto flied out after that, and the inning was over with the Reds failing to score.


–Home plate umpire Toby Basner was a complete disaster tonight. The first six times a Red struck out, it was on a called third strike and most of them were awful calls. Bryan Price was completely justified in getting ejected from the game for arguing with Basner.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a worse performance by an umpire in the big leagues. (I’ve seen plenty of worse umpires in 11 & under travel baseball.)

–Raisel Iglesias relieved Cody Reed in the sixth, and proceeded to allow a home run on his second pitch. It’s the 17th time that a Reds reliever has surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced this season.

–JJ Hoover came in to pitch the eighth and walked the first batter on four pitches, then a single to the second batter. Third batter? Another four-pitch walk.

Wil Myers was the fourth batter of the inning, and he delivered a bases-clearing double. Later in the inning, it was a two-run home run. By the time the carnage was over, the Padres were leading 13-4, Hoover had allowed five runs, and his ERA had bumped up to 11.72.

That’s not ideal.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–Tonight was a celebration of the 1976 World Series champion Reds, and it was great to see all the old guys back in the park. Pete Rose weekend is going to be a fun time.

–Losing to the Padres was not a fun time.

–Tonight was Cody Reed’s home debut, and you have to believe he was pretty nervous. I mean, making your home debut as a 23-year-old is nerve-wracking enough, but Reed had to do it before a sellout crowd on a night when the Big Red Machine was in the building.

It wasn’t a good outing. Reed gave up a run in each of his five innings, allowing nine hits. He struck out six and walked two, and never looked like he got locked in on the mound.

I didn’t include this under the “Bad” section above, because it isn’t bad. Reed is a young pitcher. We have to be patient with young pitchers, because they’re inconsistent. I’m just glad to see the kid in Cincinnati, wearing a throwback uniform.

–Lorenzen is going to be a good closer. Mark my words.

–Good to see former Red Adam Rosales in the park. Always a great guy. Not good to see him hit a home run off Iglesias.

–Pete Rose Weekend isn’t exactly off to a rousing start. Back at it tomorrow, with Brandon Finnegan on the hill. Let’s hope for better things.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance tonight.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance tonight.