The Short Version: Despite homers from Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez — and a triple from Joey Votto — the Reds drop two out of three to San Diego and limp home after losing three consecutive series on the road.
|Cincinnati Reds (21-39)||3||12||0|
|San Diego Padres (27-34)||6||9||0|
|W: Ross (5-3) L: Castillo (4-6) S: Yates (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–San Diego is a really great city.
–Joey Votto was 3-5 with a triple (!). On the 9-game road trip, Votto had 15 hits in 35 at-bats, raising his batting average from .274 to .299 (though it was briefly over .300).
–That Scooter Gennett guy — you may have heard of him — continues to mash the baseball: he was 2 for 4 with his 12th home run of the season, plus 2 RBI. Eugenio Suarez hit his 11th homer in the second inning, a solo shot in the second inning that gave the Reds an early lead.
–Jesse Winker — who was maybe not benched? — had two hits out of the leadoff spot.
–Jared Hughes pitched a perfect inning and a third, striking out two.
–Starter Luis Castillo was flat-out unhittable through the first four innings, with pinpoint control, and he was just cruising…
–…and then the fifth inning happened. With the Reds leading 2-0, Castillo gave up a single — “the very definition of a seeing-eye single,” according to radio broadcaster Jeff Brantley — and a bunt single. Then the wheels completely fell off, and it happened in the blink of an eye. A walk followed and, all of a sudden, the Padres had the bases loaded with no outs.
Castillo then made a nice play, flipping a ball underhanded to Tucker Barnhart to get the force at home for the first out of the inning. He quickly got ahead of pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe 0-2, and it looked like Castillo had nearly weathered the storm.
Ummm…maybe not. Grand slam, game over (essentially). Castillo never escaped the fifth inning. His final line: 4.2 IP, 4 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 88 pitches.
–Wandy Peralta gave up a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Raisel Iglesias gave up a homer in his inning of work.
–That’s a 3-6 road trip for the ol’ Redlegs. They lost 2 of 3 against the Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Padres. Fun.
–Scooter Gennett is now hitting .342/.378/.571 with 41 runs batted in, and if you aren’t just sitting back and marveling at the season he’s having, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Whatever his future is with this club, Scooter is a joy to watch right now.
–Every Reds starter had at least one hit, except Castillo.
–Day off tomorrow and the Reds will return to action at home against Colorado on Tuesday. Anthony DeSclafani will make his season debut.
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