Anthony DeSclafani became the second Reds starter this season to pitch eight innings, and they were stellar, as he and his team blanked the Padres, 3-0, Sunday to salvage the final game of the four-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was Cincinnati's first shutout victory of the season.
DeSclafani allowed five hits -- all singles -- with one hit batter and five strikeouts. No Padres reached second base against him, in part because he and catcher Tucker Barnhartcombined to catch two runners stealing and pick off a third. For good measure, DeSclafani also lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that gave Cincinnati its three-run lead.
"Definitely glad I was able to go eight innings, and I'll take the zeroes on top of it," DeSclafani said. "You don't have that too often. I've had good games, bad games. This was a good game. Especially on a hot Sunday, it's great to get a win and get on out of here."
For good measure, DeSclafani also lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that gave Cincinnati its three-run lead. That snapped a 0-for-48 skid for Reds pitchers at the plate.
Padres starter Luis Perdomo gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
"I thought he was good," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Pleased with him. He continues to make steps in the right direction."
Tony Cingrani pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning to secure his ninth save of the season, with right fielder Jay Bruce making a nice catch at the wall to rob Wil Myers of extra bases to end it.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Peraza's speed leads to run: The game's first run was created by the speed of Reds center fielder Jose Peraza, who beat out a routine groundball to the shortstop for a two-out infield single in the second inning. Peraza then blazed around the bases on Barnhart's double to right field and scored from first base with a headfirst slide ahead of Alexi Amarista's throw.
"As soon as I saw that I was playing today, I said I'm going to play as hard as I can," Peraza said via translator Julio Morillo. "I was focused when I hit the ball on the ground for the first infield hit, I just hustled all the way to first base. After that on Tucker's ball, I put in my mind if he hits the ball, I've got to score. I was able to do it."
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Deserving All-Star? Reds right fielder Jay Bruce made it a 2-0 game when he led off the fourth inning with a home run to right field, his 17th of the season. Bruce doesn't currently rank in the top 15 among outfielders in National League All-Star balloting, but he's having a nice year. He leads all Major League right fielders in homers and is second at his position in doubles. He also leads the NL in triples with six. More >
"It was a slider, a slider he kind of flipped up there and tried to get strike one, and I was able to put a good swing on it and didn't miss it. I'll take it," Bruce said of his homer.
Caught leaning: The Padres had a few opportunities with men on base early in the game, but they had two men caught stealing and a third picked off. Alexei Ramirez got an early jump in the first that allowed DeSclafani to catch him before delivering the pitch, and Melvin Upton Jr. ended the second getting thrown out by Barnhart. Upton Jr. was later picked off by DeSclafani in the fifth.
"We gave too many outs away on the basepaths," Green said. "We didn't do enough offensively to generate really any threats against [DeSclafani] all day long. We weren't really ever in position, and that's a little bit of a credit to him."
QUOTABLE "It's huge. It keeps the pressure off. I don't think we had a guy get to second today. Obviously, that's ideal, and it's not going to happen all the time. It's something that it takes pressure off, if you don't have guys in scoring position, it makes you pitch with a certain sense of confidence, knowing if you make your pitch and get a ground ball, the chances it's a double play are very high." -- Barnhart, on controlling the Padres on the bases on Sunday
"I think he could've very easily given us another inning. You look at the one guy who'd had consistently good swings against him is Joey Votto leading off the next inning. You've got a day off tomorrow. You've got Brad Hand in the bullpen who's handled lefties well, you've got two out of three lefties coming up. It's a good day for the young guy to get off the mound, quality start in that regard and puts Brad Hand in the position to succeed as well." -- Green, on pulling Perdomo after six innings and 86 pitches
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Besides DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan has the other eight-inning start for the Reds this season. Finnegan pitched an eight-inning complete game but was a 1-0 loser against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw on May 23.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: After an off-day Monday, the Padres kick off a five-game home stand with the Orioles on Tuesday. The Padres split a pair in Baltimore before taking three out of four from the Reds over the weekend. Erik Johnson (0-5, 8.54 ERA) takes the mound for the 7:10 p.m. PT first pitch.
Reds: The Reds open a three-game series vs. the Cubs at 7:10 p.m. ET Monday that should come with plenty of intrigue. It will mark the return to Great American Ball Park of Chicago'sJake Arrieta, who threw a no-hitter in Cincinnati on April 21 in a 16-0 Reds loss. Arrieta will be opposed by Reds right-hander Dan Straily, who pitched six innings and allowed four fourth-inning runs in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday in his last outing.