The Cincinnati Reds entered San Diego’s Petco Park on Thursday as the hottest team in baseball. On Sunday afternoon the Padres sent the team back east on a 4-game losing streak as the Cincinnati offense just couldn’t get enough going and fell 3-2 on Fathers Day.
|Cincinnati Reds (35-35)||2||8||2|
|San Diego Padres (42-32)
|W: Lamet (2-2) L: Castillo (2-10) Sv: Melancon (21)
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The Reds offense didn’t get much going in the first two innings, but in the 3rd Kyle Farmer singles and an out later Jonathan India walked to put two men on with one out. Jesse Winker and Tyler Naquin struck out and flied out to end the inning and any threat the team had going.
In the 7th inning the Reds had another thread going. Shogo Akiyama legged out an infield single, Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch, and Nick Castellanos came off of the bench to pinch-hit for Luis Castillo and singled into center to load the bases with one out. But Jonathan India grounded into a double play to end the inning and keep the Padres ahead 3-0.
Cincinnati wasn’t going to just roll over, though. Jesse Winker led off the 8th with a single and Tyler Stephenson followed up with a double to put men on 2nd and 3rd. Joey Votto grounded out to second base, but Winker scored and Stephenson moved up to 3rd. Aristides Aquino then walked and stole second base. Eugenio Suárez grounded out, but both runners moved up and that made it a 3-2 game. Shogo Akiyama hit the ball hard, lining out to the warning track in right field to end the threat for the Reds.
Down 3-2 it was going to take some 2-out magic for the Reds. Jonathan India did his part, drawing a walk to put the tying run on base for Jesse Winker. It wasn’t to be on this day as Winker popped out to shallow center to end the game.
Luis Castillo ran into some troubles in the 1swt inning after a 2-out walk was followed up by a single to put runners on the corners, but he got Wil Myers to ground out to end the inning. Two innings later Myers got his revenge. After a single and a 2-out walk, Myers tripled, but a throwing error allowed Myers to also score on the play to put the Padres up 3-0.
San Diego was back at it the next inning. Ha-Seong Kim walked and Victor Caratini singled to put two men on without any outs. But a strikeout of the opposing pitcher and a double play for Luis Castillo out of the jam with no damage. The next two innings went smoothly for Castillo who finished with the day with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings on six hits and three walks while allowing two earned runs and being charged with an unearned run.
Sean Doolittle came out for the 7th and got into a jam after a hit and a walk, but he got out of the inning while holding the score at 3-0. When Heath Hembree entered the game for the 8th the Reds had clawed their way back to within a run and he struck out the side to keep it at 3-2 and give Cincinnati’s offense one final chance to tie or jump ahead. It didn’t happen as the Reds were swept in a 4-game series.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Minnesota Twins
Monday June 21, 8:10pm ET
Tyler Mahle (7-2, 3.39 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (3-3, 6.12 ERA)