|Cincinnati Reds (35-34)
|San Diego Padres (41-32)
|W: N. Crismatt (2-1) L: H. Hembree (1-2) S: Melancon (20)
|Statcast | Gamecast Play-by-Play | Game Thread|
There’s only so far this team can go with this bullpen the way it’s currently made up right now.
The Reds struck first on a lead off single by Jonathan India, who came all the way around on a opposite field double slashed into the leftfield corner by Jesse Winker.
The curtain on the UmpShow went up early today. Joey Votto was called out by the third base umpire, who determined he went around for strike three. It was difficult to tell, but it looked as if the home plate umpire said something that set Votto off.
Reds radio call of the Votto ejection pic.twitter.com/2a17IrotWg
— Nick Kirby (@Nicholaspkirby) June 20, 2021
Votto was ejected, along with manager David Bell. No one can say Bell doesn’t go to bat for his players.
Vladimir Gutierrez gave up a lead off double to Tommy Pham, but showing his already preternatural calm, stranded two to close out the first inning. Reds 1-0.
Tyler Stephenson walked in the top of the second inning and later scored when Kyle Farmer lashed one down to the leftfield corner, similar to where Winker had hit the ball an inning earlier. Stephenson came all the way around from first to score. Suffice it to say, Tucker Barnhart would never have gotten home on that hit. Reds 2-0.
After Fernando Tatis, Jr. reached on an infield single, Gutierrez appeared to get distracted after making a wild pick-off throw to first, sending Tatis to second, because he then grooved one to Jake Cronenworth, surrendering a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 3rd. Reds 2, Padres 2.
After getting 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 4th, Gutierrez could no longer find the plate. A double, 2 walks, and a grooved fastball to Manny Machado, gave the Padres a 5-2 lead. Gutierrez would throw 30 pitches in that inning alone.
The Reds would strike back in the 5th. India and Winker would single. And with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, Tyler Naquin would sneak a base hit past the diving Tatis, plating a run. Tatis would jam his shoulder on the diving attempt and have to leave the game. Stephenson would work a walk to load the bases. Then, Eugenio Suárez came to the plate. 0 for 2 on the day, Suárez—who, since 2019, leads the majors in strikeouts—would work a 2-2 count before punching one into left field, scoring Winker and Naquin, who raced to the plate sliding around the tag at home. Reds 5, Padres 5.
Vladimir Gutierrez’s final line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 K
Brad Brach came on to pitch a clean 6th, then returned in the 7th to keep the game tied.
Heath Hembree came on and set fire to the 8th inning. After getting 2 strikeouts, he gave up a double to Pham, then a monster HR to Ha-Seong Kim, who was batting in place of the injured Tatis, Jr. Padres 7-5.
What Did We Learn Today?
The Reds missed a golden run-scoring opportunity in the 4th when they put runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs and failed to score. One can only imagine how Gutierrez might have pitched with the lead instead of the tentative way he pitched to the top of the Padres lineup in the bottom-half of the inning with the score tied.
India had 3 hits in the game, Winker and Suárez each had 2 hits. Stephenson had a hit and 2 walks.
Today was a bullpen game for San Diego, as they are lining up their starters for the upcoming Dodger series. That bullpen this season is 1st in WHIP, 2nd in ERA, 2nd in Opponents’ Avg., 2nd in Wins, and 3nd in Saves.
The Reds, in contrast, have the worst bullpen in the majors, and they let another game get away from them late in what is no longer stunning fashion, just old news.
There was this:
The Reds have offered to send her a signed Votto ball and “other goodies” after her favorite player got run early https://t.co/vfbch8Gha7
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 20, 2021
On Deck for the Redlegs
Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres
June 20 at 4:10pm ET