The Cincinnati Reds bullpen only allowed two runs in six innings pitched, while the Padres bullpen gave up three runs in seven innings pitched, but it was the starting pitching and defense that made the smallest of differences on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.
|San Diego Padres (48-33)||5||12||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (39-39)||4||8||2|
|W: Pagan (4-0) L: Santillan (1-2) SV: Melancon (25)
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Trailing 2-0 before they even came to the plate, the Cincinnati Reds offense went to work. Jonathan India picked up an infield single and Jesse Winker followed with a walk. Nick Castellanos grounded into a double play, but Winker moved up to third base. That made it an easy distance to score from on Tyler Stephenson’s single that cut into the Padres lead. That was all the Reds would get in the inning, though.
Joey Votto lined a single with one out in the 4th inning to get something going for Cincinnati. Kyle Farmer followed up with a single to push Votto to second. That brought Shogo Akiyama to the plate and the center field singled. Votto was tagged out of the plate. Except that he wasn’t and replay showed it, and the play was overturned and the Reds cut into the San Diego lead to make it a 5-2 game.
It turns out the Reds aren’t the only team with a bullpen that will give up some runs. Jonathan India was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the 5th and then Jesse Winker deposited a ball into section 145 for his 19th homer of the season to make it a 1-run game at 5-4.
In the bottom of the 7th inning Jonathan India walked to lead off the inning. Jesse Winker struck out after getting ahead 3-0 and then Wil Myers made a diving grab in right center to rob Nick Castellanos of a hit. Tyler Stephenson grounded out to end the inning.
Still down by one run and entering the 9th inning, the Reds sent Shogo Akiyama, Tucker Barnhart, and Jonathan India to the plate with the hopes to get something going. Akiyama grounded out and Barnhart struck out swinging before India shattered his bat on a ground out to end the game.
It was a tough 1st inning for Tony Santillan. He allowed a leadoff single to Tommy Pham. An out later Jake Cronenworth tripled to make it 1-0. Manny Machado followed up with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The 2nd inning wasn’t much easier as the Padres got a leadoff walk and a 1-out single before a fielders choice by Santillan led to no out being recorded and the bases loaded. A sacrifice fly made it a 3-1 game.
The 3rd inning got out to a nice start as Santillan retired Manny Machado and Trent Grisham to begin the inning, but then allowed back-to-back singles before walking Victor Caratini to load the bases. Derek Johnson came out to talk to Santillan as his pitch count continued to climb, but whatever he said worked as he struck out Jorge Mateo on three pitches to strand the bases loaded.
After throwing 75 pitches through the first three innings, the Reds went to the bullpen and called on Ryan Hendrix to begin the 4th. The pitching change didn’t do much as the Padres offense kept on rolling. Tommy Pham led off with a homer. After a line out, Hendrix hit Jake Cronenworth and gave up a single to Manny Machado before Josh Osich came into the game to replace Hendrix. He gave up an RBI single and saw the Padres extend their lead to 5-1.
Art Warren came out to begin the 5th and he made quick work of the Padres as he picked up two strikeouts in a perfect inning. He came back out for the 6th and got himself into some trouble by giving up a single and a walk to begin the inning. A hard hit ball by Jake Cronenworth wound up in the glove of a sliding Jonathan India who fired to Joey Votto to record the out. The next pitch to Manny Machado was popped up and there were quickly two outs. That’s when the Reds went to the bullpen to bring in Amir Garrett to face lefty Trent Grisham with runners on 2nd and 3rd in a 1-run game. The move didn’t initially pay off as Grisham walked to load the bases to bring up lefty Eric Hosmer. Garrett came through, perhaps with the tiniest bit of help from the umpire, striking out Hosmer looking on a 1-2 count to hold the score at 5-4.
Sean Doolittle took over in the 7th and gave up a single to Wil Myers to start things off. Two outs followed, but then Tommy Pham hit a chopper down the third base line. Eugenio Suárez fielded it and then dropped the ball only to have the umpire rule it a fair ball that replay certainly seemed to suggest was foul. It led to Myers reaching third base. A 4-pitch walk to Fernando Tatis Jr. loaded the bases to bring up lefty Jake Cronenworth with two outs. Doolittle won the battle with a pop up in foul territory to Suárez to strand the bases loaded.
Brad Brach entered the game for the top of the 8th and needed just six pitches to record the first two outs of the inning. But Jurickson Profar doubled to bring Wil Myers to the plate. Myers and Brach had a battle, with Myers fouling off six consecutive pitches at one point before striking out on the 12 pitch of the at-bat to end the inning. Heath Hembree worked around two walks in the top of the 9th to give the Reds offense one last shot at clawing back from a 5-4 deficit. They didn’t.
Notes Worth Noting
Tony Santillan will not be in the rotation the next time around. Prior to the game the rotation moving forward was announced and Santillan was not in it. Whether he heads back to Triple-A or into the Reds bullpen was not discussed (at least publicly).
Art Warren and Brad Brach continue to find success in the Reds bullpen.
Eugenio Suárez went 0-4 with four strikeouts and he made an error. Very tough night in a very tough year for the third baseman.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday June 30th, 7:10pm ET
Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.22 ERA) vs Vladimir Gutierrez (3-2, 3.97 ERA)