Kyle Farmer tied the game up with a solo home run in the 9th inning and Tyler Stephenson won it for the Cincinnati Reds after the San Diego Padres intentionally walked Nick Castellanos to face him.
|San Diego Padres (49-34)||4||7||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (40-40)||5||15||1|
|W: Warren (1-0) L: Melancon (1-1)
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Cincinnati threatened in the 1st inning but stranded two men on. They didn’t make the same mistake in the 2nd. Singles by Alejo Lopez and Kyle Farmer sandwiched a walk by Aristides Aquino to load the bases. Luis Castillo hit a chopper to shortstop that left Fernando Tatis Jr. with a force out at third base as his only option, but it put the Reds up 1-0. Jonathan India followed with an RBI double to make it 2-0.
After the rain delay the Padres got one of those runs back in the top of the 5th. The Reds got that run back after Alejo Lopez singled and then scored on an Aristides Aquino double to make it 3-1.
Cincinnati was looking to play add on in the 6th after Jonathan India walked and Jesse Winker singled to lead things off, but the Reds couldn’t cash in. That turned out to be pivotal as the Padres tied the game up in the next half inning. In the 7th inning the Reds would load the bases with two outs, but Jesse Winker grounded out to end the inning and strand everyone. The Reds failing to score there once again proved to be a bad omen as San Diego took the lead with a run in the next half inning.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th the Padres made an interesting move to bring in left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz with Nick Castellanos and Tyler Stephenson due up as the first two hitters of the inning. They would both single to once again set up a Cincinnati Reds scoring threat. Joey Votto would fly out to left field, bringing up Alejo Lopez who had struck out just one time in 58 plate appearances on the year against a left-handed pitcher. That came into play here as Lopez made contact, but the result was a ground ball double play that ended the inning and sent the game to the 9th.
Home runs might be incorrectly called rally killers all of the time, but sometimes you don’t need a rally. Kyle Farmer tied the game up with a 1-out solo home run off of Mark Melancon. Tucker Barnhart came off the bench to pinch hit for Art Warren and drew a walk. Mike Freeman pinch ran for Barnhart as Jonathan India came up to the plate. India lined a ball (at 109 MPH!) into left field and Jurickson Profar just flat out dropped it – it was ruled as a double, but Freeman only reached third base because the ball should have been caught and he could only go half-way to second base before realizing the ball was dropped. That brought All-Star starter Jesse Winker to the plate with one out and runners at second and third in a tie game. Winker broke his bat on a ground ball to second base and Mike Freeman was thrown out on the fielders choice by a good 8-10 feet. San Diego then intentionally walked Nick Castellanos to face Tyler Stephenson with the bases juiced.
As the famous line goes: That’s a bold move, Cotton, let’s see how it works out for him.
It didn’t. Tyler Stephenson lined a single into right field to walk this game off and seal a Cincinnati Reds victory.
Luis Castillo was absolutely rolling through four innings. In fact, the San Diego Padres didn’t have a hit off of him. But then the skies opened up in Cincinnati and the rain was coming down hard enough to lead to the tarp being pulled and the game being put on hold.
The rain didn’t last too long, but the delay lasted for 52 minutes. When Castillo came back out he was not quite the same as he had been before the delay. He walked Manny Machado to start the inning, then allowed a single and an RBI double as the Padres cut the Reds lead in half, making it 2-1. After a scoreless 6th, Castillo ran into problems in the 7th against the same group that got him int he 5th. Machado and Hosmer led off with singles, but Wil Myers struck out for the first out to follow. Jurickson Profar walked, which led to David Bell making a trip to the mound. Castillo shook his head no about 20 times before Bell reached the mound and after a short conversation he headed back to the dugout and left the game in Castillo’s hand to face Tommy Pham. After working a full count, Pham lined a game-tying 2-run single into center and that was all for Castillo.
Amir Garrett came on with with two men on and just one out. He got Victor Caratini to fly out to a running Jesse Winker on the warning track in left-center and then struck out Trent Grisham to keep the game tied up at 3-3.
Brad Brach looked like he was going to work his way around a leadoff single in the 8th inning, but with two outs an Eric Hosmer ground ball to Alejo Lopez resulted in Lopez throwing the ball by Joey Votto on a short hop and the Padres scoring the go-ahead run on the play. It was all they would get in the inning, but it gave them a lead with just six outs to go.
Art Warren took the mound in the top of the 9th inning for the Reds. After giving up a leadoff double, Warren sent the next three batters back to the dugout with strikeouts and gave the Reds one last chance to tie or win the game. Not only did they tie it, they won it.
Notes Worth Noting
Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos were named as National League All-Star starters during the game.
Art Warren now has 20 strikeouts in 12.1 innings and a 2.19 ERA.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Friday July 2nd, 7:10pm ET
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