Headley drives in three, but offense comes up short in 4-6 loss to Reds

Jul 31, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick (48) is congratulated by second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) and right fielder Jay Bruce (32) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Final - 8.1.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego Padres 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 0
Cincinnati Reds 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 X 6 9 1
WP: Bronson Arroyo (7 - 6)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (23)
LP: Kip Wells (2 - 4)

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The newly acquired Padre Chase Headley drove in three today, but the rest of the lineup couldn't come up with the rest of the runs needed to overtake the Reds. Alexi Amarista led off the game with a walk. Two batters later, Chase Headley hit one out of the park for the early 2-0 lead.

Kip Wells, as many Padres pitchers this season have done, failed to get out of the first inning without relinquishing the lead to the opposing team. Zack Cozart hit a leadoff home run. Drew Stubbs followed with a walk, but was picked off by John Baker. Scott Rolen then got himself on base with another walk, followed by a Ryan Ludwick home run. Reds on top 3-2.

In the 4th, our Friars came back to give people a reason to keep the faith. Cameron Maybin and Everth Cabrera led off the inning with back-to-back groundouts, but then Kip Wells, Alexi Amarista, Will Venable, and Chase Headley hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back singles to score two runs and get the lead back for San Diego.

In the bottom of the 5th, Kip Wells gave up the lead once more with an RBI double to Jay Bruce. Dale Thayer came in to relieve him at that point, but Ludwick came to the plate once again to show off in front of his former team. His RBI single gave the Reds the 5-4 lead.

Ludwick still wasn't done though. In the bottom of the 7th, he singled in yet another run to give Cincy the 6-4 lead, which our Padres could not overcome.

Our boys will have another chance to split the series tomorrow in the finale against the Reds at 9:35am.

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