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Reds blow lead, lose to Padres to wrap winless road trip

0 for 6 on the left coast.

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

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

The Cincinnati Reds needed a solid outing from a starting pitcher in the absolute worst way.

Amir Garrett needed a solid outing in the absolute worst way, too, as he’d allowed an ugly 11.17 ERA in his last 7 starts (29 IP), in which time he’d allowed almost as many homers (15) as he’d compiled strikouts (17).

Fortunately for both, Garrett fired 6 innings of 2 ER ball on Thursday against the San Diego Padres, and while it wasn’t enough to either get a win or to break the Reds’ losing streak on the west coast, it was a certainly positive development that will hopefully right his ship from here going forward.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, who socked his 19th homer of the season (which ties him for the most in the NL and 2nd most in all MLB); Jose Peraza, who dingered, too; and Wandy Peralta, who tossed a 1-2-3 inning from the bullpen.

Key Plays

  • The Reds wasted no time taking the lead, as Jose Peraza led off the game with a solo homer off Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin. Reds led, 1-0.
  • While Garrett cruised, so did Chacin for a time after that, at least until Votto came to the plate in the Top of the 4th. The Cincinnati 1B jumped on an 0-1 fastball on the inside part of the plate and mauled it over the wall in right-center for a solo blast that put Cincinnati ahead, 2-0.
  • Garrett cruised into the Bottom of the 6th in rather impressive, efficient fashion, but he left an 88 mph meatball up in the zone to Hunter Renfroe, and Renfroe pummeled one deep in the LF stands one batter after Yangervis Solarte had singled. Game tied, 2-2.
  • The Reds turned to Michael Lorenzen for the Bottom of the 7th, though unfortunately Lorenzen turned into Carlos Marmol. He walked both Matt Szczur and Jose Pirela to begin the inning, and Szczur scored a batter later when Francy Cordero singled into RF. an out and an intentional walk to load the bases later, Renfroe hit a high-hopper over Lorenzen’s head for an RBI groundout that was an inch from a potential inning-ending double play, and the Reds trailed, 4-2.
  • After that, unfortunately, the Cincinnati bats remained quiet, and they lost to complete the series and roadtrip sweep, 4-2.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Homer Bailey will be on the mound for the Dayton Dragons tonight for his second rehab start on his way back from elbow surgery. Here’s to hoping it goes as well as his first, a 5 inning gem with Pensacola.
  • The MLB Draft wrapped up today with rounds 11 through 40 helping to re-stock each franchise’s pool of prospects. Here’s a complete list of the players drafted by the Reds over the three day draft.
  • The Reds will travel home after this one, and they’ll lick their wounds with an off-day on Thursday.
  • On Friday, they’ll begin a quick 3 game homestand against the very Los Angeles Dodgers squad that swept them over last weekend. The Dodgers haven’t yet announced who’ll start on Friday, but the Reds will roll out Tim Adleman to start. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.