Chris Denorfia led off the game the only way he knows how. A strong leadoff single puts him on the bases. He should probably either be the first hitter of the game or the last hitter. He does very well in those spots. Next up, Will Venable. He connects with a bloop single which cannot be handled by Xavier Paul and on the error, Denorfia’s Wheels of Steel bring him all the way home from 1st. With Venable on 2nd, Chase Headley grounds to the 3rd baseman Jack Hannahan who then commits the 2nd Reds error of the inning. The ball goes off Votto’s glove and rolls into the camera well. Venable is given home on the error to score the 2nd run of the game. Unfortunately, 2 strikeouts and a line out ended the rally.
Shin-Soo Choo walked to lead off the bottom half of the inning. He stole 2nd base during Cozart’s at-bat which resulted in a strikeout. Next up was Joey Votto. He sent a rocket towards center field that was miraculously gloved by Jedd Gyorko before it reached the outfield and he tossed it to 1st to record the out. Brandon Phillips singled to right and scored Choo from 3rd base. Phillips then ended the inning by being caught stealing.
Tyson Ross brought out the big pitches. Hannahan, Cingrani, and Choo all went down swinging in the inning to push his K total to 4 after only 3 innings.
Tyson Ross struck out his 4th batter in a row. In between walks to Votto and Bruce, Ross also struck out Phillips to bring his total to 6.
Nick Hundley reached base on Hannahan’s 2nd error of the game. He got to 2nd base, but after a wild pitch he reached 3rd. He was left to stand there and watch as enable went down swinging to end the inning.
Logan Forsythe is safe at first after Hannahan commits his 3rd error of the game. THREE ERRORS. Yet, his error would once again not lead to runs. That’s baseball.
Tyson Ross pitched his final inning here. 7 innings with 6 strikeouts is quality business. While the 4 walks is a bit up there, he only gave up 4 hits for 1 ER. By the way, those 4 hits is the most he has given up since he took over the starting role again. That’s pretty good from where I’m sitting.
Will Venable wants that party I talked about yesterday. He reached out across the plate and nearly used only 1 hand to put the ball just over the fence in right field for his 15th home run of the season and his second day in a row with a round tripper. 1 more and he gets that party.
Luke Gregerson entered the game and logged 1 strikeout while only allowing one base runner.
Somebody turned on the Singles Machine. Yonder Alonso gets his 1st hit of the series. But, the Padres could not get him home.
Huston Street came in for the save and the save was what he got. After getting Phillips to ground out, Street struck out Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier to end the game.
PADRES WIN 3-1
Tomorrow, the Padres look to win the road series when they send Ian Kennedy to the mound to face Mike Leake for some breakfast baseball tomorrow at 10:10am. Win that game and win this series, Padres!
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