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Friday, June 24, 2016

Padres Spoil Big Red Machine Reunion

The San Diego Padres introduced or reintroduced Reds' pitchers to the Major Leagues by scoring off all four Reds' pitchers, who were in Louisville when the month began.

The Padres pounded out 15 hits in a 13-4 rout on a day when the Reds honored the 1976 Reds World Champions.

The Reds starter Cody Reed made his second career start and first at Great American Ball Park but the Padres made themselves at home.

"I know there is better command than what we saw tonight," Bryan Price said. "Everyone wants to get off to a great start.  Johnny Cueto had 10 strikeouts in his first start but if I remember his ERA was over four that year.  The important thing is to see improvement."

The Padres scored single runs in all five of Reed's innings.  Wil Myers hit his 17th home run in the first. Derek Norris walked and advanced to third on a single.  Reed committed a balk to score Norris.  Matt Kemp singled and scored on Melvin Upton Jr's single in the third.

The Reds batted around to take a 4-3 lead in the third with Jay Bruce driving in his 56th and 57th runs of the season.  Billy Hamilton started the inning with a triple off San Diego starter, Colin Rea.  Tucker Barnhart was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Toby Basner.  The call didn't sit well with manager Bryan Price who objected. Price was ejected for his vehement disagreement.  Reed walked in his first Major League plate appearance.  Zack Cozart drove in Hamilton with a single  Joey Votto walked.  Brandon Phillips ground ball to Yangervis Solarte was booted to load the bases in front of Bruce's single.

Former Red Adam Rosales walked and scored on a single by Myers to tie the score in the fourth.  Solarte singled and scored on a hit by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth.

Reed exited after five but Raisel Iglesias just off the disabled list was touched by Rosales' fifth home run in the sixth.  Michael Lorenzen disturbed the pattern slightly by giving up two runs in the seventh.  Solarte singled and Upton hit his 10th home run.

It got worse in the eighth as the Padres were not going to settle for one run.  J.J. Hoover, who spent time in Louisville getting his act together, entered the game on a double switch.  Rosales walked. Pinch hitter Brett Wallace singled. Travis Jankowski walked to load the bases.  Myers unloaded them with a double on a line drive that eluded Tyler Holt's diving try.

Hoover raised a huge cheer among the 40,713 that were here for the 1976 BRM reunion by striking out Kemp for the 11th strikeout of the game.  Reed struck out six, Iglesias and Lorenaen fanned two each. Upton hit his second home run of the game to expand the lead to 13-4.  It was the eighth time in his career that he hit two in a game.

J.C. Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth to buck the trend.

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