The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Nick Castellanos just continues to hit the hell out of the ball. You can’t really consider what he is doing a “fast start” anymore considering we’re three full months into the season. Anyway, in last night’s shortened game, he had another multi-hit night, going 2 for 3 with a 3-run tank.
Joey Votto was the other man responsible for the offensive output last night. He also went 2 for 3, smacking a double and his 10th dinger of the season. His solo home run in the third inning was his 1000th career RBI, just another stat to add to Joey’s incredible run as a Red.
- The Reds jumped out to an early lead, dropping 4 in the bottom of the first. Jonathan India led off with a walk and then moved to second on a single by Jesse Winker. That brought up Nick Castellanos, who blasted a 3-run Blastellanos to right. The Reds weren’t done, as Joey Votto followed with a double to right. After moving to third on a ground out by Alejo Lopez, he would score on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer. Reds lead, 4-0.
- The Padres immediately cut that lead in half, leading off the top of the second with back-to-back dingers by Trent Grisham and Wil Myers. Reds lead, 4-2.
- Fernando Tatis, Jr. led off the top of the third with his 26th dinger of the season to cut the Reds lead to 4-3.
- Joey Votto, who still bangs, came up in the bottom of the third and led off with his 10th homer of the season to make it 5-3. That was also his 1000th career RBI. Good on you, Joe.
- The wheels would unfortunately fall off in the top of the fifth. Tommy Pham and Tatis, Jr each hit singles to start things off. A 1-out walk by Manny Machado would load the bases and end Vladimir Gutierrez’s night. His replacement, Josh Osich, immediately gave up a grand slam to Trent Grisham, giving the Padres a 7-5 lead.
- As the wheels were falling off, the skies also opened up and a thunderstorm would end the game with 1 out in the top of the 6th. Padres win, 7-5.
- Reds’ starter Vladimir Gutierrez struggled last night. He lasted only 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. A tough night against a tough offense to have a performance like that. But he’ll bounce back.
- The Reds are 0-6 against the Padres.
- The Reds will try to avoid making that 0-7, as they face off against San Diego tonight for the series finale. Ryan Weathers will start for the Padres, and Luis Castillo will try to continue his hot run for the Reds. First pitch is at 7:10 PM EDT.