BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: David Jablonski/Dayton Daily News
The Reds took down the San Diego Padres 12-6 on Friday night, after the Padres took the first game of the four game set on Thursday night.
After a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, the game started out with the Padres jumping out to the early advantage, as first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Wil Myers each hit RBI singles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the Reds responded in the second with center fielder Mason Williams scoring on a passed ball and shortstop Jose Peraza hitting a three RBI double to give the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Padres came back with a solo home run from left fielder Hunter Renfroe in the third and an RBI double from center fielder Manuel Margot in the fourth to tie the game up, but the Reds responded once again as left fielder Phillip Ervin got a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Ervin added to the Reds’ advantage in the sixth as he got an RBI single, followed by a grand slam from right fielder Scott Schebler to give the Reds a 10-4 advantage as well as break the team’s franchise record for most grand slams in a season with 10, previously set by the 2002 Reds team that had nine.
The team continued to add onto their lead with a two run homer by Ervin in the seventh and while the Padres would tack on a two run homer courtesy of Hosmer in the eighth, it wouldn’t be enough as the Reds won it 12-6.
Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeScafani only went four innings in the no decision, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and no walks, while Padres starter Brett Kennedy also struggled, going one and two-thirds innings in a no decision as well, allowing four earned runs on one hit with four walks. Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen picked up the win with three innings pitched in relief, while Padres reliever Matt Strahm was hit with the loss.
The teams will next play on Saturday afternoon.