The Cincinnati Reds dropped their 16th game of the season in their 19th game with a 7-5 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was a misplay in the 6th inning that led to a 4-run Padres inning that ultimately doomed the Reds on Thursday afternoon.
|San Diego Padres (13-7)||7||11||3|
|Cincinnati Reds (3-16)||5||8||1|
|W: Martinez (1-2) L: Mahle (1-3) SV: Rogers (7)
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After being rather quiet for the first four innings of the day, Cincinnati’s offense came through in the bottom of the 5th. Brandon Drury led off with a double and scored on a Mike Moustakas single – his second hit of the day – to tie the game up. A wild pitch then moved Moustakas over to second base. After an absolute laser by Colin Moran that was caught on a line by the second baseman, Mark Kolozsvary came through with his first big league hit – an RBI double that gave the Reds the lead.
The Reds lead didn’t last long as San Diego dropped a 4-spot on Tyler Mahle and Tony Santillan in the top of the 6th to take a 5-2 lead. Cincinnati got a 1-out walk from Joey Votto and an error put runners on 1st and 2nd, but Brandon Drury grounded into a double play to erase any threat the Reds had going and sent the game into the 7th.
A new pitcher for San Diego got some life into the Reds as Mike Moustakas walked and Matt Reynolds came on to pinch hit for Colin Moran and singled. After a line out by Mark Kolozsvary to pitcher Tim Hill, Hill tried to double up Reynolds at first but threw the ball to no one in particular and both runners moved up a base. That’s when David Bell called on Jonathan India to pinch hit for Jake Fraley and after the Padres countered with a new reliever, India looped a soft liner just over the head of the shortstop for an RBI single. Aristides Aquino pinch ran for India (and then took over in center). Tyler Naquin grounded into a force out, but beat the throw to first base to bring in another run and keep the inning alive as the Reds cut things to 6-4. That was all they’d get as Tommy Pham grounded out to end the frame.
After Joey Votto grounded out, Kyle Farmer reached for the second time on the day via an error by C.J. Abrams. Farmer then worked his way over to third base thanks to two wild pitches before scoring on a Brandon Drury grounder. That cut the Padres lead to 7-5, but it was all they’d get as the game headed to the 9th.
Needing two runs to tie and three (or more) to win, the Reds got zero as they fell to 3-16 on the season.
Walks will haunt, or at least that’s the saying. It turned out to be true in the 1st inning for Tyler Mahle, who walked Jake Cronenworth with one out and saw him come around to score after singles by Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer. With the Padres still threatening, Mahle got Matt Beaty to fly out to end the inning with just that one run. The next inning wasn’t much easier, but the righty worked around two 1-out singles to escape with no damage done.
Mahle cruised through the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, but the 6th inning didn’t go well as he allowed a leadoff double to Manny Machado and then a 1-out walk to Eric Hosmer. That led to a pitching change and Tony Santillan entering the game. He hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. A sacrifice fly followed to tie the game up. Santillan then hit the next batter to load the bases once again. Ha-Seong Kim lined a ball into left field that Tommy Pham dove for and came up empty on, with the ball then rolling to the wall and clearing the bases to put the Padres up 5-2. Jake Fraley bailed the Reds out with a diving catch in deep center to end the inning.
Hunter Strickland took over in the top of the 7th and gave up two hits and two walks – one of which walked in a run and extended San Diego’s lead to 6-2. But Strickland’s ERA did drop to 9.82 during the outing.
The 8th inning began with a double by Ha-Seong Kim off of the wall against Dauri Moreta, who followed up by striking out Trent Grisham and getting Jake Cronenworth to pop up to Kyle Farmer before being replaced by Art Warren. That brought Manny Machado to the plate and he hit a lazy fly ball into no-mans land down the right field line that fell in between a trio of Reds to make it a 7-4 game. A ground out ended the inning, but the damage was done. Buck Farmer took over in the 9th and set the Padres down 1-2-3 to give Cincinnati one last chance to try and get the job done. It didn’t happen.
Key Moment of the Game
Tommy Pham’s diving attempt on Ha-Seong Kim’s line drive that got by him and resulted in a 3-run double to put the Padres up 5-2 in the 6th inning.
Notes Worth Noting
JT Riddle clears waivers
The Cincinnati Reds announced during the game that JT Riddle cleared waivers and accepted an outright to Triple-A Louisville. He was designated for assignment earlier this week.
The bad starts are historic…..
Since 1901, teams to win 3 or fewer of their first 18 games multiple times in a 5-year span:
1962 & 1964 Mets
2002 & 2003 Tigers
2018 & 2022 Reds https://t.co/nYvTTxqBGE
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 28, 2022
The Cincinnati Reds now have one win in their last five series. Of note, that’s one win, not one series win.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Colorado Rockies
Friday April 29th, 8:40pm ET
Hunter Greene (1-2, 5.27 ERA) vs Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 4.73 ERA)