The Cincinnati Reds lost Tyler Stephenson to an injury after a collision at the plate in the 1st inning and they’d eventually lose their 8th consecutive game as the San Diego Padres came out on top 6-2.
|Cincinnati Reds (2-10)||2||5||0|
|San Diego Padres (8-5)
|W: Musgrove (2-0) L: Sanmartin (0-2)
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The boos are feeding Tommy Pham and the Padres fans may want to stop because if they keep going they’re going to rename the town Pham Diego. Cincinnati’s left fielder cracked a 419-foot home run deep into the second level seats in left field to put the Reds up 1-0 in the 1st inning.
In the bottom of the 1st the Reds lineup took a step backwards. On a play at the plate, Tyler Stephenson took an elbow to the head on a collision and had to exit the game. That meant that Aramis Garcia had to come on to catch, but he was the designated hitter on the day, meaning that starting in the 2nd inning the Reds no longer had the DH position in the lineup and would either need to allow the pitcher to hit – in this case it would be Reiver Sanmartin in the #5 spot – or pinch hit for the spot each time through the lineup.
The offense went silent for a long time after the Pham home run. Joe Musgrove retired 14 batters in a row before Aramis Garcia doubled with one out in the 6th inning. Kyle Farmer would drive in Garcia later on in the inning with a single to make it a 5-2 game as his strong start to the season continues.
In the 7th inning the Reds tried getting things going again as Joey Votto picked up his 1st hit in 18 at-bats and moved up to second base when Colin Moran walked, leading to a pitching change for the Padres. It did the trick as San Diego escaped with no damage done as they held onto their lead. Cincinnati wouldn’t threaten again, falling 6-2.
It’s Deja Vu all over again. After grabbing a 1-0 lead on a 1st inning homer from Tommy Pham the Reds lost the lead in less than 10 minutes on a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning by Manny Machado. The Padres added another run after Eric Hosmer singled in Jurickson Profar to make it 3-1.
Over the next two innings Reiver Sanmartin settled in, but San Diego got things going again in the 4th. Hosmer added another single, moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then he scored when Wil Myers doubled off of the wall in center to make it 4-1. Jose Azocar would double later in the frame to extend the lead to 5-1. A scoreless 5th followed, and Sanmartin began the 6th and recorded an out before David Bell went to the bullpen to turn things over to Dauri Moreta. He needed just seven pitches to record two outs and get out of the inning.
Ryan Hendrix took over for the bottom of the 8th and struggled to throw strikes. He hit the first batter he saw with the first pitch he threw. He walked Jurickson Profar later in the inning and both moved up on a wild pitch. A run scored on a ground out to make it 6-2. That score held the rest of the way.
Notes Worth Noting
Cincinnati has led for a grand total of 15 minutes in the last eight games played.
Since Phil Castellini asked fans “where you gonna go?” on Opening Day, the Reds have lost 8 straight games by a combined score of 53-18, and the team owns the worst record in baseball at 2-10. pic.twitter.com/m97fJLTk61
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) April 20, 2022
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