Reds 4 Padres 2
Day baseball has been brutal on the Reds in 2019. The Reds entered Wednesday afternoon with a head scratching record of 16-33 in day games vs 43-33 in night games. But backed by Luis Castillo on the mound and Jose Iglesias at the plate, the Reds bucked the trend with 4-2 win over the Padres.
The win clinched a series win to kickoff the much talked about 10 game stretch vs teams with a losing record and completed a nice rally from the disappointment of a 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the series. The Reds take 5 of 7 games in the seasons series with the Padres.
The Reds move to 60-66 on the season. With 36 games remaining, they are within eight wins of topping their 2018 win total (67).
Per Reds Media Relations, it's first time since 8/10/14 the Reds have collected their 60th win of the season in August.
Castillo had a nice bounceback from his disastrous previous start vs St. Louis: 6 IN, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K. 100 pitches/64 strikes. ERA dips to 3.04.
Trailing 1-0, the Reds manufactured a run and tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Nick Senzel reached on a two-base error by outfielder Josh Naylor. Iglesias sacrifice bunted him to 3rd base and Eugenio Suarez singled him home. Later in the inning, Freddy Galvis and Josh VanMeter walked with the bases loaded to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Later, Iglesias muscled up for a solo homer (9) to extend the lead to 4-1 in the 4th inning and then singled and went to third on a two base error by center fielder Will Meyers in the 6th inning.
2 hits: Iglesias, Suarez, Galvis, Phillip Ervin. VanMeter added a hit, a walk and an RBI. Aquino H, BB.
The Iglesias sacrifice (which appeared to be on his own and for a hit) was the second sacrifice by a Reds position player this season (Barnhart).
Barnhart stole his first base of the season and the Reds fourth in the last two games.
The Padres used LHP Matt Strahm as their starter/opener (42 pitches) and then turned things over the bullpen by the 3rd inning. Manager Andy Green used four relievers in all.
Castillo was attempting to make it three consecutive starts of 10 or more strikeouts by Reds pitchers for the first time since 1900.
Lucas Sims came on in the 7th and served up a solo shot to Francisco Mejia.
Michael Lorenzen tossed a scoreless 8th and Raisel Iglesias closed up shop in the 9th for his 26th save.
Iglesias has a career high nine homers, topping his previous high of six in 2017.
The Reds are off Thursday and head to Pittsburgh for a three game series beginning on Friday.
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