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Reds thumped in San Diego, lose fifth straight on road trip

West Coast Reds just ain’t a thing.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

California is a helluva place. You should visit. I should visit again, soon. Heck, RR’s own UncleWeez has been plying his trade and patented awesomeness there for years, alongside familiar friends bbjones, Cy Schourek, and Peteyhendrix.

California trips have been hell on the Cincinnati Reds over the last few years, however, and the last five games have been no different, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have whipped Cincinnati pitching at a punishing rate for much of the last week.

So, have a trophy, Pacific Time, and here’s to hoping that’s the flaw that’s cost the Reds a handful of games in the standings of late.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Scott Schebler, who went 3 for 4 with a run scored; Tucker Barnhart, who smacked a pinch-hit 2-ribbie double; and both Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto, who both singled and walked.

Key Plays

  • It’s possible that the only regular names in the San Diego lineup to the average baseball fan are Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte. It’s also possible that the average baseball fan has no idea who the hell they are, either. Regardless, both slapped RBI singles in the Bottom of the 1st off Scott Feldman to put the Reds in an early hole, and the Reds trailed immediately, 2-0.
  • Franchy Cordero homered off Scott Feldman in the Bottom of the 3rd, and that put the Reds behind, 3-0. Yes, Franchy Cordero.
  • After Cory Spangenberg Cory Spangenberg’d an RBI off Feldman in Bottom of the 5th to put Cincinnati down 4-0, Franchy parlez-vous’d another solo donker in the Bottom of the 7th, this time off Tony Cingrani, and it put the Reds down an equally insurmountable 5-0.
  • Jake Buchanan. Remember him? Padres scored off him in the Bottom of the 8th, and the Reds trailed, 6-0.
  • Singles by Eugenio Suarez and Schebler opened the Top of the 9th, and they both scored when Barnhart later doubled them in. That was it, however, and the Reds fell 6-2.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The West Coast swing will mercifully end on Wednesday, with Jhoulys Chacin of the Padres slated to start opposite Amir Garrett of the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 3:40 PM ET, at which point in time we can all wish the Reds would somehow find a way to enjoy themselves in Pacific Time at some point ever in the future.
  • Tunes.