The Reds were up 4-0 after the first inning, but a grand slam by Trent Grisham – his 2nd homer of the game – in the 5th inning put the Padres ahead 7-5 and shortly after the skies opened up. The game never resumed and San Diego picked up a rain-shortened win over Cincinnati.
|San Diego Padres (49-33)||7||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (39-40)||5||5||0|
|W: Musgrove (5-6) L: Gutierrez (3-3) SV: Hill (1)
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The Reds wasted no time getting things going on Wednesday. Jonathan India led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a walk and Jesse Winker followed with a single to put two men on for Nick Castellanos. Three pitches later it was 3-0 as a 357-foot opposite field Blastellanos landed in the sundeck in right field. Joey Votto followed up with a double and later in the inning he would score on a Kyle Farmer sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
After the Padres climbed right back into it with three solo home runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings, Joey Votto cracked one of his own in the bottom of the 3rd to make it a 5-3 game. Statcast says the ball only went 401 feet, but we’re pretty sure it landed in Kentucky and will be filing an appeal with Major League Baseball. The home run was the 1000th RBI of Votto’s career and earned him a curtain call from the crowd at Great American Ball Park. Fun fact from C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic:
Joey Votto's first RBI and his 1,000th were both on solo homers
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 1, 2021
That, however, was the peak of enjoyment for the Reds in the game. Two innings later the Padres grabbed a 7-5 lead on a Trent Grisham grand slam. The rain then started falling. The Reds went 1-2-3 in their half of the 5th inning, and before you knew it the tarp was on the field in the top of the 6th. It never came off and the game was officially called at 11:26pm ET.
After the offense spotted Vladimir Gutierrez a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, the Padres got half of those runs back in the top of the 2nd on solo homers by Trent Grisham and Wil Myers. In the 3rd inning it was another solo homer – this one by Fernando Tatis Jr. that made it a 4-3 game as San Diego kept trying to claw their way back.
With a 5-3 lead things started to go south for the Reds in the 5th. Vladimir Gutierrez loaded the bases with one out and David Bell called on Josh Osich to face Trent Grisham. He crushed a grand slam into the camera well in the right field stands and the Padres took a 7-5 lead as lightning and rain could be seen in the distance. Shortly after Tucker Barnhart threw out Wil Myers trying to steal second to end the inning the sky opened up over Great American Ball Park. The Reds went quietly in their half of the 5th, and shortly after the 6th began with Cionel Pérez on the mound, the tarp came out and it never left the field before the game was called.
Notes Worth Noting
The Reds are now 8 games back of the first place Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to 48-33 on the season tonight after falling behind to the Cubs 7-0 in the 1st inning and then scoring 15 unanswered runs.
Joey Votto is only the second Canadian to reach 1,000 career RBI. Do you know who the other one was? If you guess Larry Walker, then you would be correct. If you didn’t guess Larry Walker you owe Canada an apology.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday July 1st, 7:10pm ET
Ryan Weathers (3-2, 2.47 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (2-10, 5.61 ERA)