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.
|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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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.
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
Kyle Farmer with four doubles tonight. It's the fifth time that's happened in Reds history, per Baseball-Reference, and the first since Billy Hatcher did it in 1990.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 28, 2022
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.
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