Friday, June 24, 2016

Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

As Cincinnati celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series-winning Reds, the Padres dealt the current edition of the club four homers -- including two byMelvin Upton Jr. -- and scored in nearly every inning en route to a 13-4 win on Friday at Great American Ball Park.
It was a 4-4 game in the San Diego fifth when Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out single to right field against Reds rookie left-hander Cody Reed to score Yangervis SolarteAdam Rosales' solo homer in the sixth against Raisel Iglesias and Upton Jr.'s first two-run homer off of Michael Lorenzen in the seventh extended the gap. Five more runs in the eighth off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover through Wil Myers' three-run double and another Upton Jr. two-run homer blew the game wide open for the Padres.
"The ball Upton hit [off Lorenzen] was a fastball right in the turbo zone, trying to go away with the fastball and it ran down and in," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's been a hot spot as long as I can remember going back to 2004 in Tampa when he came up. A lot of balls don't come back when they run through that zone with Upton."
San Diego scored at least one run in each of the first eight innings, and JC Ramirezprevented a run in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning of relief. Had a run scored in the ninth, the Padres would have been only the fourth team since 1900 to score in all nine innings of a game.
"It was all the way through the lineup today," Padres manager Andy Green said. "Obviously Melvin Upton crushed the ball on multiple occasions. Wil Myers had some big at-bats."
Both starters racked up high pitch counts that led to early exits. Having thrown 104 pitches, Reed lasted five innings with five earned runs and nine hits -- including a Myers homer in the first inning and a run-scoring balk in the second -- in his home debut and second career start. Padres starter Colin Rea gave up four runs (one earned) and three hits over five innings while throwing 98 pitches.
My, my, Myers: Myers got the bats going early for the Padres, driving a one-out solo home run to dead center field that traveled 415 feet according to Statcast™. The homer was Myers 17th of the season and his 10th in June, making him the second player in franchise history to hit 10 homers in June (Greg Vaughn, 1998). Myers added an RBI single in the fourth and a three-run double in the eighth to finish the night 3-for-5 with five RBIs.
Big Reds third: Rea labored in the third, starting with a leadoff triple to right field from Billy Hamilton, who eventually scored when Zack Cozart reached on Ramirez's error at shortstop. Another run scored before Jay Bruce delivered a two-out, two-run single to right field to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
Up, Upton and away: Upton Jr. joined the Padres' hit parade with homers in back-to-back innings in the seventh and eighth, notching his first multi-homer game of the season and eighth of his career. He finished the game 3-for-5 with the two homers and four RBIs, also making a run-saving play in the sixth, catching a ball on the warning track off the bat of Joey Votto.
Lorenzen debuts: When Lorenzen appeared in the seventh, it marked his long-awaited 2016 debut after he had been on the disabled list for a right elbow sprain and later mononucleosis. He was throwing gas and struck out the first batter, Matt Kemp, with a 99-mph fastball. Twice Lorenzen reached 100 mph vs. Solarte, who doubled. The pitch Upton Jr. hit out against him was 98 mph. Lorenzen was the 27th different pitcher the Reds have used this season.
"I just threw a lot of pitches and wasn't real efficient. Obviously that hurts, not getting ahead in counts. You have to throw fastballs in most of those counts, and they don't miss those. They capitalized on my mistakes. That's what they did every inning." -- Reed, who got a no-decision
"That [third] inning, the game could've turned on, potentially. We had the situation where you get the pitcher up and you're trying to throw a comeback two-seamer on the inside corner in a 3-2 count. That's way too fine for Rea. That's what pitched him into problems in that inning. For him to go deeper into ballgames, which we need from a bullpen perspective and we need to win close games through the game, he can't try to be that fine in that situation." -- Green, on Rea's third-inning struggles
Following Tucker Barnhart's called third strike for the first out in the bottom of the third, Price was ejected by home-plate umpire Toby Basner for arguing balls and strikes. Chirping could be heard from the home dugout earlier in the game as the Reds were upset with Basner's strike zone. Each of their first six strikeouts against Rea came on a called strike three. It was the second ejection this season for Price and his seventh in three seasons as manager.
"I thought it was just a tough day behind the plate today," Price said. "I think these guys are always trying to do the best job possible. I obviously disagreed with the strike zone that was established. I was obviously more vocal than he was going to tolerate."
Padres: The Padres send Drew Pomeranz (6-7, 3.00 ERA) to the mound in game three of a four-game series against the Reds, which begins at 1:10 p.m. PT. Pomeranz leads all Padres' starters in ERA, but has a 6.19 ERA over his last three starts.
Reds: For the third-straight game vs. the Padres, the Reds will send a left-hander to the mound, when Brandon Finnegan toes the rubber on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET . Pregame ceremonies will feature Pete Rose being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

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