The Reds are 1-3 against Padres this year, one of the few major league teams that has a worse record than they do (at least for now). The Reds have lost four in a row and are 11-22 since the trade deadline.
Cincinnati Reds 2 (59-82)Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â San Diego Padres 6 (56-86)
There are a few ways to characterize Luis Castillo’s start tonight. In five innings, he struck out 7 and walked none. That’s excellent. He gave up three home runs. That’s not good. Only two of the five runs that scored off him were earned. Eh. Take yer pick.
Two of the Padres homers were hit by Francisco Mejia, who was playing in his first game for San Diego after being called up. Mejia was the super-prospect that San Diego received at the trade deadline from Cleveland. The Padres gave up their closer Brad Hand in that deal. Hand was a player much like Raisel Iglesias in terms of stats and contract. Meanwhile, Iglesias has 4 saves and one blown save. In three of those games the Reds had a 3-run lead and theÃ‚Â other, a 2-run lead. New Padres closer Kirby Yates has picked up for Hand, with three saves, and the Padres have the lowest bullpen ERA since the trade.
The Reds had a big chance to score in the 4th. A single by Jose Peraza, walk by Joey Votto and a walk by Eugenio Suarez loaded the bases. But Phillip Ervin struck out, Scott Schebler took a called third strike on a full count (close pitch) and Dilson Herrera flew out to left. On Herrera’s ball, Padre left fielder Hunter Renfroe saved three runs with a spectacular diving catch on Herrera’s line drive to his right.
Peraza had the Reds first three hits in this game, raising his average to .288. The Reds scored on two solo home runs in the 7th inning. Scott Schebler blasted a 449-foot homer just above and to the right of the Toyota sign. Two batters later, Mason Williams hit one out to deep right field.
Jose Peraza committed an error at SS. It was his 19th error of the season and led to three unearned runs. Peraza leads the NL in errors. Next closest is 16.
Joey Votto had two more walks, boosting his NL leading OBP to .420. Next closest is Lorenzo Cain at .402. Something tells me Reds play-by-play announcers will give more run to the Reds involved in league leadership races in batting average and RBIs.
Billy Hamilton entered the game with a career run creation (wRC+) of 61 against left handed pitchers. That’s a whopping 39 percent below league average. Hamilton softly grounded out, struck out, softly flew out and was blown away on a second strikeout.
Bob Castellini’s Jim Riggleman’s leadoff hitter is batting .237/.298/.324.