Kyle Farmer had four doubles for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough as the San Diego Padres came out on top 8-5. Cincinnati fell to 3-15 on the season with the loss and they have just one win in the last five series, with one game remaining in the current home stand.

Final R H E
San Diego Padres (12-7) 8 8 1
Cincinnati Reds (3-15) 5 10 0
W: Gore (2-0) L: Gutierrez (0-4) SV: Rogers (6)
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The Offense

Cincinnati began the bottom of the 1st inning with two singles and a 1-out walk by Joey Votto to load the bases. A strikeout and a ground out stranded the bases loaded, though.

After the Padres put up a 4-run top of the 3rd, the Reds got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Tommy Pham singled and came around to score on a Kyle Farmer double. The play wasn’t without intrigue, though, as Pham was initially called out at the plate but replay confirmed that his hand got to the plate before the tag got to him.

Cincinnati’s offense went quiet from there until the bottom of the 6th inning when Kyle Farmer led off with a double into the left field corner. Nick Senzel then reached on yet another catchers interference. Jake Fraley then came off of the bench to pinch hit for Aristides Aquino, who went 0-2 earlier in the game as he moved to 2-for-40 on the season. Fraley didn’t get a chance to hit, instead he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. David Bell then went to the bench again to bring Tyler Naquin up for catcher Aramis Garcia, but he struck out on a ball in the dirt for the 1st out of the inning. Bell wasn’t done, though, as he called on Colin Moran to pinch hit for Matt Reynolds. He came through with a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-2 game and turn the lineup over. Jonathan India struck out on what looked like a ball off the inside part of the plate, but the umpires call is all that matters and it ended the threat there.

Tommy Pham picked up his 3rd homer of the year – all against San Diego – with a 1-out line driver homer in the 7th inning. Kyle Farmer would double later in the inning, picking up his second hit of the day, but he was stranded.

Cincinnati was down 8-3 entering the bottom of the 9th would need a big rally to get the win. Brandon Drury did his part, crushing a 437-foot homer to make it 8-4 with one out. Tommy Pham followed with a walk. After a Joey Votto fly out, Kyle Farmer picked up his 4th double of the game and made it an 8-5 ballgame. Nick Senzel followed with a walk to bring Jake Fraley to the plate representing the tying run as the Padres went to the bullpen to bring on Taylor Rogers and he needed just one pitch to end the game as he got Fraley to fly out to shallow right field.

The Pitching

Vladimir Gutierrez had a quick 1-2-3 inning in the 1st, but the 2nd inning lasted a bit longer. Gutierrez walked three of the first four batters of the inning, leading to a sacrifice fly that put San Diego on top 1-0. It was the next inning, though, that really put the righty and the Reds in a hole. San Diego went triple, single, single, homer, and walk before an out was recorded and it was 5-0 in the blink of an eye.

After a quiet 4th inning for the Padres, Gutierrez gave up a single and a walk to begin the 5th before he was replaced by Luis Cessa. Eric Hosmer welcomed him to the game with an RBI single to make it a 6-1 game.

Phillip Diehl entered the game to begin the 6th. The Cincinnati native made his friends and family cheering section proud, tossing 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts in his first game with the Reds after joining the big league club earlier in the day.

Alexis Diaz was called on to pitch the 8th inning and Eric Hosmer led off the inning with a homer. That was the first run that Diaz had allowed this season. It was the only hit he’d give up in the frame, but the Padres now held a 7-3 lead. Dauri Moreta came out for the 9th and hit C.J. Abrams to lead off the inning. He’d score on a 2-out double by Manny Machado to put the Padres up 8-3. A touchdown was all that Cincinnati would need to win the game in the bottom of the 9th. They only managed a safety, falling 8-5.

Key Moment of the Game

Jurickson Profar’s 3-run homer in the top of the 3rd inning that made it a 5-0 ballgame.

Notes Worth Noting

The Cincinnati Reds group of Tyler Mahle, Reiver Sanmartin, Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Vladimir Gutierrez have a combined ERA of 7.27 through 18 games.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds

Thursday April 28th, 12:35pm ET

Nick Martinez (0-2, 4.30 ERA) vs Tyler Mahle (1-2, 6.88 ERA)

44 Responses

  1. LDS

    With apologies to Prince, let’s “party like it’s 2018”. It’s like “deja vu all over again” (attributed to Yogi Berra but probably wasn’t).

  2. Old-school

    The offense is bad
    The pitching is worse

    Coors field wont fix this mess

  3. LDS

    With apologies to Prince, let’s “party like it’s 2018”. It’s “deja vu all over again” (attributed to Yogi Berra but probably wasn’t).

    • Moon

      Red started 3-18 in 2018 and lost 95 games that year. So 3 more losses to go before matching that terrible start. The Reds will play better this year but they are still not a good team. They will lose 90-100 games. So play the younger guys, see what they can do and get them some experience. Aquino is 2-38 now and has not gotten a hit in two weeks. I don’t know how muchmore time you give him before moving on.

      • LDS

        @Moon, I remember but the Reds fired Price at the 3-15 mark and that’s the history that needs to be repeated. As for AA, he’s starting to feel like Ervin, a guy that several of us thought had the potential to be something and fizzled out.

      • Melvin

        It has been said that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you figure things out. If that’s true then Aquino is doing great. The poor guy looks lost in every way at the plate. No confidence at all. Nothing. I noticed someone has tried to change his stance lately. Obviously it has hurt more than it has helped. I still believe he has a .250 – .270 BA in him and 40+ HR. I just don’t see it coming out of him in Cincy…. unfortunately. The situation is bad for him and the team right now. We can debate as to why it’s not happening with the Reds but the fact is that it’s not.

  4. PTBNL

    Mike Minor to the resc….ewww…..ugh.
    Maybe not.

  5. Eddie

    If we had better pitching this game I believe the reds would have won. I kinda wondering if reds player trying to play trash for owner son comment to get back at the owners for attacking the fans. I feel this year they don’t truly trust one another nor the staff anymore. I wonder what bell n pham speaking about after safe call was made. It felt intense between the two where bell try to calm pham down about the situation of not trusting him fully he was safe at home. I want to believe in this team as I do every year but this one very hard to do. Offense struggling and pitching a roller coaster Sunday hit the peak something amazing about to happen then bam it just small climb for nothing afterwards. I feel if this team truly want to win they must trust each other as a team like they did last year. Last year that team was scary bc the will they had for each other and fight back power

    • scotly50

      And they folded like a lawn chair down the stretch.

  6. Cyrus

    What do you think Votto’s take is on all that is happening right now? Not just the W-L record but all the front office decisions and public comments? It has always perplexed me that he seems content to stick with this franchise, basically keep his mouth shut and just accept the fact that he will have this long career with nothing but regular season stats to show for it.

    Isn’t it true that the Reds never won a playoff series with Votto on the team? How do you put a guy in the Hall of Fame without any postseason success at all?

    What do you guys and gals think?

    I would think he would have requested a trade at some point over the past few years but it seems he never did.

    • Tom Reeves

      It’s a franchise that signed him for over $200m. He’s loyal and I think he always wants to earn his salary. Joey has set an amazing example of never letting himself feel entitled – a very rare trait.

      I also think that means he’s very deferential to the Reds.

    • Votto4life

      Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Ron Santo never played in the post season and all are in the Hall of Fame. Billy Williams made to the play offs once with the A’s at the end of his career, but didn’t contribute too much. The A’s lost that series. There are other players, I can think of others George Sisler, Rod Carew, Luke Appling and Ralph Kiner. Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson played in the post season in 1984 but the Cubs lost to the Padres that year in the NLCS.

      I am sure there are many others. Keep in mind, until 1969 the post season was limited to just the two teams that made it to the World Series. So I am sure there are tons of names I’m forgetting.

      I’m pretty confident Joey Votto will be inducted in the HOF. If he isn’t inducted though, it won’t be because of the Red’s post-season failures.

    • Jim Walker

      I think at this point Joey Votto is likely 100% absorbed with his own performance issues. That’s the kind of guy he has been. He is trying to figure out what if anything is left for him to try in order to get himself going.

      Votto is on the record that he can’t do the things he did most of his career well enough now to stick with that way of approaching his game. He clearly thought he had come upon an alternate style of being a pure power hitter based on his success last year and subsequent comments. But now that plan doesn’t seem to be working either.

      He could be at that spot between the rock and a hard place that age eventually forces all athletes into. Let’s just wish him well at figuring out the best course of action for himself.

    • Gonzo Reds

      I hope Joey accepts a trade at the deadline so he can get a shot at a ring somewhere to add to his HOF case, it isn’t coming in Cincy. I think he’s HOF regardless considering he’s better than a few inducted in the last few years… which includes that he actually played gold glove D while a couple of DH’s who didn’t help at all on D are now in.

      Blue Jays now 0.5 game out of first in the AL East and same from best record in AL. Feels good to root for a team that has an ownership group that wants to win. Hoping Joey will agree to go home to Canada at the deadline. Guerrero Jr can DH so Joey can play 1B. (Noticed when Jr plays DH they used a 2B Biggio at 1B so they don’t have great options there so Joey a perfect fit!)

  7. Votto4life

    Just 9,000 and some change at the park tonight. You have to think at some point the Castellinis or at least the minority owners will recognize a change is needed. If I was a minority owner, I would be demanding Phil Castellini’s resignation.

    Regardless, of the team’s poor play, it’s Little Phil and his hubris behavior that is really to be blame for the Red’s poor attendance so far.

    Phil thought he could do and say anything he wanted and the fans would fall in line. The fans are now proving him wrong.

    • RedsFanInFL

      “Where are they going to go?”

      Anywhere but the ballpark

  8. JayTheRed

    Sadly, Kyle Farmer is becoming out best hitter on the team lately. What a sad state of affairs this team is in.

    Impressive 4 doubles, has not been done 32 years this for this team by a single player.

    • Redsvol

      I prefer to think of it as farmer is making himself into a solid major league player. Maybe not our future shortstop but a valuable player.

  9. Grand Salami

    Everyone thought pitching was an chick to be counted without hatching bc of DJ. Even that is looking very suspect.

    If the Reds don’t have promising young arms, then they don’t have anything.

    VG looks pedestrian and that follows SanMartin trying to pitch himself back to AAA

    • Jim Walker

      Huge start coming up in Colorado for both Hunter Greene and the organization. If he is topping out in the mid 90’s again….

      Let’s not even think about that unless it happens.

      • old-school

        I just saw that. He looked great on Sunday. Hopefully its a non -throwing issue.

      • old-school

        Its a low back strain- so nothing arm related or blister related

      • JB

        My lord. Hard to win when your best players are on IL

      • Jim Walker

        @Old-School, Yeah, probably nothing over the long run but a pitcher can’t throw with a bad back; and, those who try to often end up injuring an arm or shoulder as they attempt to compensate.

  10. GreatRedLegsFan

    There’re very few reasons to watch the Reds games nowadays: India, Senzel, Greene, Lodolo and eventually Stephenson. Farmer and Pham are performing as well, but most of the remaining active roster is just hopeless. How much more would it take to DFA Aquino and Moose? Aquino (.232 OPS, 50% SO rate) is no longer able to hit and Moose (.254 OPS) has played a great total of 115 games since joining the Reds back in 2020. Votto (.143 AVG) needs to sit for a while, Sanmartin and Gutierrez shall not be opening games, at least for the time being, give the chance to other players.

    • TR

      I try to see the beginning of the games and pull for the Reds pitching: that’s my hope for future Red’s success. Even with an early lead the Red’s weak offense, compared to last year, is a reality. Once behind, a defeat is probable unless I’m surprised in the morning with a comeback win. Until the Red’s have a majority owner with enough financial resources, they will play out the schedule and not be a competitive team.

  11. CI3J

    Old baseball wisdom says “Stats and standings don’t matter until Memorial Day.”

    But boy, it’s really hard to see things turning around in a month. I thought the Reds would be terrible, but not THIS bad. They just roll over each night without a fight.

    Despite this, Bell is absolutely going to be the manager for the next 3 years or even longer, because he’s a “Yes Man” who is loyal to Castellini, and that’s apparently all that matters now.

    Sad, sad state of affairs for this once proud franchise.

  12. Vandermint

    I wonder what would happen if MLB teams colluded and just kept trading Pham all season so he could only play against the Padres?

  13. Vada

    Votto in the MLB Hall of Fame? You gotta be joking. If he does get voted in it will only go to prove it’s WHO YOU KNOW. Pete Rose? Now we’re talking top notch Hall of Fame material. Pete is OUT while drug users were voted in. Moral of the story: politics, pure politics. I’m not even sure Votto would be a STAR in a whiffle ball league. If he’s Hall of Fame material how come teams aren’t pressing him to waive his no trade clause. Why? Because he’s not an all star. If he entered free agency he’d end up watching soap operas all day. I seriously doubt Votto would shine in AAA or AA. Face it fans ML baseball STANDARDS have changed just like our educational standards. Still, we do have a choice how we spend our time. A two time consecutive world series team (75-76) has changed into a JOKE. So try to stir up a little laughter as you follow along this year. After all, incompetence is sort of funny in a weird way. Radical surgery is desperately needed, from the top all the way down the line. Having hope for 2024 only makes me laugh all the more. How does this fantasy hit ya: Elon Musk buys the team and moves the team to Provo Utah – the Provo Reds. Sort of has a nice sound to it – Provo Reds. Crossing your fingers could help make it a reality.

    • GMan88

      I don’t think he’s a Hall of Famer. Close but no cigar.

      • Michael


        That is the only appropriate response. Has an MVP, finished in top 7 six times, lead league in ops twice, obp 7 times, top 50 career slugging and the list goes on and on. Peak Votto from 2009-17 was elite and then tossing in 07-08 plus 2021 and you have a Hall Of Famer.

      • TR

        Not immediately after five years retired , but eventually, yes.

  14. Klugo

    I find myself wondering if Phil and Bob watch every inning or even every game? Like the hardest of die hard Reds fans out there?

  15. Votto4life

    The Dragons are 13-4 and in 1st place. The problem is the prospects. Reece Hinds is off to a slow start. Quintana, the guy the Reds received for Tucker Barnhart, is hitting .174.

    Elly De La Cruz has looked good at SS but is batting just .259 but does have 3 home runs.

    The team overall though has been outstanding and fun to watch.

  16. Steven Ross

    We’re not even to May 1st and this team is nearly impossible to watch. You know it’s over when they fall behind by 4 or 5 runs by the 4th inning. Long, ugly season looms.

    Focus on the positive: NFL Draft tonight! Let’s go Bengals.

    • TR

      Quite a contrast with the Bengals not dependent on the draft for the coming season.

  17. Mark Moore

    Deep holes dug early do us in again. Hats off to guys like Farmer who keep trying to fill them back in, but there is only so much fill to be had as the game progresses and one or two guys can’t do it all. Heck, 9 guys have a challenge filling the holes as deep as we keep digging.

    I’m here for the duration, but what tiny sliver of optimism I had has packed its bags and is calling for a Lyft right about now.

  18. Bruce

    Can’t answer all your questions, but it’s tough to see someone making 20 Mil a year batting .133. I know he is prone to slow starts, but sure needed to have a better start this year.