Padres 7 Reds 5
Well, the beat goes on. The Reds lost to the Padres 7-5 Thursday afternoon before at GABP.
For the second consecutive night the Reds brough the tying run to the plate. But Aquino grounded into a fielder's choice and pinch-hitter Nick Senzel flew out to the warning track.
The Reds have lost 16 of 19 to begin the season. The Padres swept the season series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.
Big innings: The Padres scored 8 runs in the 4th inning Tuesday, 4 runs in the 3rd inning Wednesday and 4 runs in the 6th inning Thursday.
Tyler Mahle struggled in the 1st inning, allowing on a run on 2 hits, a walk and 25 pitches. But settled and pitched into the 6th inning. He was done after a double and walk with one out in the 6th: 5.1 IN, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 89 pitches/57 strikes.
Bullpen: Tony Santillan replaced Mahle and immediately found trouble in the 6th. He hit two batters, allowed Mahle's inherited run to score, then allowed a base-loaded double by Ha-Song Kim that cleared the bases to give the Padres a 5-2 lead. Santillan: 0.2 IN, H, 2 R, BB, 2 HBP, 29 pitches. ERA 8.10.
Hunter Strickland came on for the 7th and walked two batters for his fifth consecutive appearance: 1.0 IN, 2 H, 2 BB, R. ERA 9.82.
Five relievers combined to allow 4 R in 3.2 IN.
Comeback baseball: The Reds trailed 1-0 into the 5th inning....then scored twice to take the lead. Mike Moustakas, returned from the IL, delivered an RBI single to tie the game. Mark Kolozvary recorded his first ML hit with a go-ahead RBI double to put the Reds up 2-1. Trailing 6-2 in the 7th, the Reds scratched across two runs with a Jonathan India pinch-hit RBI single and a Tyler Naquin RBI fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 6-4. Trailing 7-4 in the 8th, Brandon Drury drove in a run with a ground out to make it 7-5.
Welcome back: Moustakas reached base three times (2 H, BB) He collected his first two hit game since August 27 of last season (Miami).
New guy: Matt Reynold pinch-hit and singled. He has two hits and a walk in three plate appearances since being claimed on waivers.
Tough day: Leadoff hitter Jake Fraley struck out three times.
Joey Votto walked twice and was 0 for 2. As Mark Sheldon of MLB.com pointed out his career BA has dropped to .299997052.
Doing it with D: Tommy Pham made two nice catches in LF.....but a third ball got past him on a diving attempt that scored three runs on a double by Kim.
Jake Fraley saved two runs on a diving catch to end the 6th inning.
Still searching: Reds starting pitchers have yet to record a quality start in 19 games.
Man, Manny: Padres 3B Manny Machado was 9 for 14 in the series.