Nine losses in a row since Phil Castellini stuck both of his feet in his mouth. The Cincinnati Reds are now 2-11 on the season after being swept on the west coast by both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
|Cincinnati Reds (2-11)||0||5||1|
|San Diego Padres (9-5)
|W: Gore (1-0) L: Gutierrez (0-2)
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Cincinnati threatened in the top of the 1st when Tommy Pham singled and Joey Votto walked to put two men on with two outs, but a fly out ended the inning. In the 4th inning Votto was trying to get something going again as he singled with one out and Nick Senzel walked to follow, once again giving the Reds a prime scoring opportunity. Aristides Aquino struck out, but Colin Moran came through with a single. Unfortunately Joey Votto was thrown out at the plate to end the inning and the Reds remained scoreless. That was the last time the Reds had a runner reach second base.
The first three innings went quite smooth for Vladimir Gutierrez, but the 4th inning didn’t start out as well as the others. Manny Machado took a 94 MPH fastball to the arm to lead off the inning and then Jake Cronenworth walked to put two on with no outs. Fortunately Eric Hosmer grounded into a double play because Jurickson Profar followed up with a 2-run homer to put San Diego ahead.
In the 5th inning Jorge Alfaro also was hit by a pitch in the hand on a checked swing. David Bell challenged the call as it may have caught the knob of the bat, but replay confirmed the call on the field and Alfaro got to stay at first base. He would steal second base later in the inning and then score on a double by Trent Grisham, making it 3-0. The Reds chose to intentionally walk Manny Machado and then brought in Justin Wilson from the bullpen to face off against fellow lefty Jake Cronenworth. The move worked out as Wilson got the strikeout to strand both runners.
Alexis Diaz came out and tossed a shutout 6th inning before giving way to Buck Farmer in the 7th. He did not toss a shutout inning, giving up a solo homer to Ha-Seong Kim as the Padres extended their lead to 4-0. Hunter Strickland took over in the 8th inning for the Reds and gave up two more runs before the inning was over.
Key Moment of the Game
Jurickson Profar’s 2-run homer in the 4th inning was all that the Padres needed.
Notes Worth Noting
Catcher Mark Kolozsvary made his big league debut after taking over for Aramis Garcia behind the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Since Phil Castellini told fans “be careful what you ask for” on Opening Day, the Reds have lost 9 straight games by a combined score of 59-18, they’ve had a lead for 18 pitches, and the team owns the worst record in baseball at 2-11. pic.twitter.com/3dCm17TUOm
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) April 20, 2022
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