Wade Miley took a no-hitter 5.2 innings into the game, but Fernando Tatis Jr. hit one of the few mistakes that Miley threw all night a long way to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. The Reds offense could not find a way to get anything going against Padres starter, Joe Musgrove. The Reds did not strike out until the 6th inning, but Musgrove had the Reds off-balance most of the night and got some help from his defense.
The Reds trailed 2-1 in the top of the 9th with two outs. The Padres were 32-0 when they had the lead in the 9th inning. Tyler Stephenson quickly fell behind 0-2, but as he has done all year, fought back in the at-bat. Stephenson ripped a single up the middle to tie the game.
Moments later, Jonathan India had his biggest moment as a Red. India put the Reds ahead with a 2-run home run.
The Reds heroic comeback was short-lived. David Bell burned through his bullpen in Milwaukee to secure the sweep, and that likely made Lucas Sims and Heath Hembree unavailable. Ryan Hendrix and Amir Garrett each gave up 2-run home runs to lose the game for the Reds.
The Reds are now 3.0 games back in the division as the Cubs won tonight.
|San Diego Padres (39-32)||6||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (35-32)||4||9||0|
|W: Johnson (2-2) L: Garrett (0-2)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Jonathan India’s 2-run home run off Mark Melancon, with 2 outs in the 9th inning to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 48.9% (from 43.2% to 92.1%).
Wade Miley gave the Reds another great effort: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Miley now has a 2.88 ERA/3.31 FIP on the season.
Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson continue to cement their names in the NL ROY race. India had 2 hits tonight, and raised his wRC+ to 116. Stephenson just continues to have incredible at-bats, and has mastered the art of fouling off tough pitches. Stephenson now has a 121 wRC+ on the season.
Art Warren got Miley out of a big jam in the 8th with runners on 1st & 2nd, and 0 outs. Warren struck out both Tatis Jr. and Pham in his first ever appearance with inherited runners.
Joey Votto reached base three times (2 hits).
David Bell has seemed to push most of the right buttons lately. I didn’t love his decision to not pinch-hit Miley down 1-0 with 2 outs in the 7th. The Reds only had 7 outs left, and Aristides Aquino was on the bench, one swing away from tying it. This decision is probably different however if Bell has more good relievers. I also really didn’t like his decision to let Kyle Farmer bat in the 9th inning, with the tying run on second base with 1 out. However, I don’t think he made a wrong decision in the bottom of the 9th. Bell said there were a “few guys” unavailable tonight, seeming to refer to Sims and Hembree, and possibly Brach too. The bigger issue is that the Reds don’t have enough quality relievers to go around. They simply have to get Bell more quality options.
Ryan Hendrix now has a 5.68 ERA/5.37 FIP on the season. He walked the leadoff batter in the 9th, up by two runs. That is just inexcusable. The bigger problem is that he probably should not be on the MLB roster and be working on things at AAA, but sadly they just don’t have any better options.
Amir Garrett sort of looked like he might be coming out of it lately. It didn’t happen tonight. He now has a 9.31 ERA/8.07 FIP on the season. I’m just not sure what you can do with him. He is out of options, so you can’t send him to AAA to get things worked out.
Not so random thoughts………………..
Hunter Greene made his first start in AAA. The good news? He hit 104 MPH on the gun and struck out 8 batters over 4.0 innings. The bad news? He gave up 4 bombs.
Manny Machado was playing some crazy shifts tonight. He dove for a ball and slid into the right-field warning track. He is the Padres third baseman.
Despite the loss, that was a really fun baseball game. It is nice to see the Reds in these type of games and fighting until the last out. The Reds have a good team, they are just flawed. They clearly need more quality relievers and a legit big league SS. I hope Bob Castellini will allow the front office to make moves to give this team a real chance. They deserve it.
Reds at Padres
Friday, 10:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Tony Santillan (1.93 ERA) vs Chris Paddack (4.14 ERA)