The Padres loaded up a new series against the Cincinnati Reds starting this Monday. The Reds are tied for 3rd with the Cardinals and Pirates, 2.5 games back from the Brewers, but the Padres made life a bit harder today for the clawing Reds in their own attempt to clear .400.
Luis Perdomo faced off against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo and outperformed him thanks to a basic meltdown from the Reds pitcher. Perdomo went through 6 and 2/3 innings, striking out 4 and allowing only 3 runs on 7 hits. He induced 8 groundouts through those 6 innings, and finished his outing on 90 pitches, throwing 57 for strikes.
The Friars popped 13 hits off Arroyo, racking up 9 runs and only striking out twice the whole time. Yangervis Solarte started off the scoring in the first with an RBI-single, scoring Jose Pirela. In the second, Austin Hedges pulled an RBI-double scoring both Cory Spangenberg and Allen Cordoba, hitting the go-ahead after the Reds’ 2-run first inning.
For insurance, and securing the victory in the second, Jose Pirela hit an RBI-single to score Hedges. Then, for some insurance, Franchy Cordero hit his first home run of the season to left field, scoring Pirela. Solarte would end up hitting a home run right afterward, his 6th of the season, for a hearty 6-run second inning.
To cap off the win and ensure no comeback story for the Reds, Wil Myers hit an RBI-single in the fourth, scoring Cordero, then Hedges hit his own in the 5th, scoring Jose Peraza. The final would read 9-3 after Scooter Gennett peeled a final run off Perdomo in the 7th. Ryan Buchter, Kirby Yates, and Craig Stammen would then cruise in for a shutout relief effort.