If you're one of those types that demands the Padres beat the teams they're supposed to beat, well, they're doing that right now. After a 7-4 win yesterday, the Friars follow up and just about double up with a 13-4 win today. Despite 2 errors, the 15 hits the boys had really added up. They scored in every single inning except the last, and limited the Reds' damage to just one inning.
Pitching today was Colin Rea. His last start against the Washington Nationals was magnificent, only allowing a single earned run. Today, he allowed one earned run, but 4 total crossed the plate for Cincinnati. They were mostly the result of two errors, one from Yangervis Solarte and the other from Alexei Ramirez. DIdn't matter, though, because Rea kept throwing his fire for all 5 innings, striking out 7 and even giving up more walks (4) than hits (3).
The fielding wasn't all that bad, though, when Wil Myers perfectly tracked down a tailing foul ball.
More lights out relief work from Kevin Quackenbush, Brad Hand, Carlos Villanueva, and this time Matt Thornton. The crew only gave up 1 hit collectively, 2 walks, and surprisingly only struck out 1. That's just efficiency.
Speaking of efficient; the Padres offense today was just as efficient as it was relentless. They scored 1 run for 6-straight innings, scored 2 more in the 7th, then 5 in the 8th. They didn't pull off 9-straight scoring innings, but that doesn't matter much when you've tallied 13 runs getting there.
And almost everybody was on fire today. Myers went 3-5 with 5 RBI’s, collecting his 17th home run of the season. If that man isn’t an All-Star I do not know what is. Solarte made up for his error going 3-5, representing 2 of the Padres runs today, as did Ramirez.
Myers homers to center for 17th of the year
Melvin Upton Jr. was the other Padre that tortured Cincinnati’s pitching today, going 3-5 with 4 RBI’s and a home run as well. Two, as a matter of fact. Heck, Derek Norris scored on a balk. The boys in blue were having fun.
Upton Jr. hits his second homer of the game
Overall, Reds fans were not having a great time today while the Padres enjoyed the rare opportunity to demolish a professional baseball team. The cherry on top is that the Friars get a chance to sweep their first series of the season, and it seems like the Reds are ripe for a sweepin'.
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