Great American Ballpark- Cincinnati, Ohio
It was a sunny getaway day in Cincy and the Padres began the day with Matt Strahm on the mound, with the intention of it being a day where the bullpen pitched the entire game.
Strahm pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
The Friars took the lead in the top of the third when Greg Garcia doubled home a run.
The Reds responded quickly with three runs in the bottom of the third. Josh Naylor misplayed a line drive in left field that ended up costing San Diego a run.
Eric Yardley made his major league debut in relief of Strahm and allowed the bases to become loaded, with little help from his defense.
Trey Wingenter then came in with the bases loaded and walked two runs in, gifting the Reds a 3-1 lead, with only one of those runs being earned. After the discouraging inning, the Padres struggled to keep up with the hometown Reds.
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The Reds pitchers did a good job stifling Padres hitters as the Friars struck out nine times without working a walk. Francisco Mejia launched his eighth home run of the season, cutting the Reds lead in half in the seventh but the Padres bats did not do much else.
Cincinnati relievers Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined to shut out San Diego in the last two innings to seal the deal. A lack of plate discipline and poor pitch selection led to little offensive production for the visiting Friars.
The Padres lost the series and now have an off day before starting a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.