Friars Lose Two of Three at Great American
The Padres were in Cincinnati for a three game series to start the week and will leave the city thinking “what could have been” after losing two of three.
The series began on Monday with a 3-2 San Diego win.
Manny Machado put the Padres on the board in the top of the 1st with a RBI single to drive in Greg Garcia but the Reds tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd on a solo home run by former Padre Freddy Galvis.
Francisco Mejía hit a solo home run of the right field foul pole to put the Padres back on to 2-1 in the 4th.
San Diego added another run in the 5th and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 9th were things got a bit shaky for closer Kirby Yates.
After getting the first out to start the inning, Yates allowed three straight hits which drove in a run and put the tying and winning runs on base. However, some bad base running by the Reds allowed Yates to get the second out of the inning.
Yates hit Jose Iglesias to put the winning run back on base but struck out Eugenio Suarez to end the game and pick up his 36th save of the year.
The Padres offense was shut down Tuesday night by Red’s starter Sonny Gray who pitched 6 innings allowing one run on four hits and striking out ten. Padres starter Cal Quantrill pitching well also going 6 innings but allowed three runs on five hits.
The first of those runs came in the bottom of the 1st as Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead. Josh Naylor tied the game in the top of the 6th with a solo home run, his 7th big fly of the year.
However, the Freddy Galvis revenge tour continued as he hit a two run homer into the left field seats, putting the Reds back on top 3-1.
San Diego scored a run in the 8th on an Eric Hosmer RBI groundout but that was for the Padre offense as they went 1-2-3 in the 9th in the 3-2 loss.
Wednesday was a bullpen day for the Padres as Matt Strahm started the game and pitched two innings before Eric Yardley made his major league debut in the third with the Padres up 1-0.
Yardley gave up two hits and three runs in a 1/3 of an inning before being pulled.
Cincinnati added another run in the 4th and the only offense the Padres could muster up was a solo home run by Mejía in the 7th as the Padres lost the rubber match of the series 4-2.
San Diego has an off day on Thursday before coming home for a highly anticipated three game weekend series vs. the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Chris Paddack (7-6, 3.44 ERA) is scheduled to pitch on Friday night opposite Eduardo Rodriguez (14-5, 4.10 ERA).