Votto hits slam, Reds get rain-shortened 7-2 win over Padres

Votto hits slam, Reds get rain-shortened 7-2 win over Padres

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Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto hits a grand slam off San Diego Padres relief pitcher Robbie Erlin in the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto ended his two-month homer drought with Cincinnati’s 11th grand slam – one shy of the NL record – and the Reds beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Saturday in a game called because of rain in the top of the seventh inning.

The game started an hour early because of a foreboding forecast and was played in a steady rain that intensified with one out in the top of the seventh.

Votto connected off Robbie Erlin (3-6) during a seven-run second inning, his first homer since July 9 – the second-longest drought of his career. Votto had gone 36 games without a homer, not counting his long ball in the All-Star Game. He spent time on the disabled list with a sore knee during the span.

It was Votto’s second grand slam this season and the fourth of his career. Scott Schebler‘s slam during a 12-6 win on Friday night set a franchise record of 10 in a season. The NL mark is 12 and the major league record is 14.

Erlin went three innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs, all in the second inning.

Matt Harvey (7-8) allowed Eric Hosmer‘s two-run homer and escaped a bases-loaded threat in the fourth. He fanned 10 in six innings, his highest strikeout total since he fanned 10 at San Diego on May 8, 2016, and his ERA rose to 4.87.

The teams were willing to move up the start time to squeeze in a game with unrelenting rain in the forecast through Sunday. A rainout would force the Padres to fly back from San Francisco on Sept. 27 for a makeup game between last-place teams, and then fly home to finish the season.

Sunday’s game was pushed back three hours to 4:10 p.m., when rain is forecast to ease.

”We would love, love, love to get these games in here the next couple days,” manager Andy Green said. ”I think we’re all in the same boat here. I think everybody was willing to jump to give us that chance.”

The teams were coming off little rest. The Reds’ 12-6 win ended at 12:09 a.m. on Saturday because of a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay. Green had given his players a later reporting time for Saturday’s game, so the biggest challenge was contacting all the players to get to the ballpark earlier than planned.


Reds: Scooter Gennett was out of the lineup with a sore right thigh. He missed Thursday’s game and went 0 for 5 on Friday.


Padres: Jacob Nix (2-3) is to make his sixth career start. He gave up five runs – matching his career high – during a 7-3 loss to Colorado last Sunday.

Reds: Tyler Mahle (7-9) is slated for his first start since being called up from Triple-A. Mahle gave up six runs and lasted only 1 2/3 innings of a 10-4 loss to Washington on Aug. 2, prompting the demotion.

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Padres notes: Green avoids ejection; Ellis' season all but done; Reyes streaks on

Padres notes: Green avoids ejection; Ellis' season all but done; Reyes streaks on

Padres manager Andy Green knew he wasn’t going to win a challenge regarding whether Diamondbacks runner Daniel Descalso had knocked a ball from catcher Austin Hedges’ glove on a scoring play during Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss.

But it being the seventh inning and not wanting to cede another run, Green likely was going to ask for a replay review.

He didn’t get the chance, because he was told his allotted 30 seconds had run out.

Green walked from the visitor’s dugout on the first base line to dispute that notion with crew chief Angel Hernandez, who was working third base. Green said he was not told time was running out, as is customary.

“Angel considered walking to my dugout to be touching third base,” Green said. “I don’t get that, it makes no sense on any level that he’s offering me some sort of opportunity to hear his voice and make a decision when music is being played and he’s yelling at me across the field. It’s not the way it’s supposed to work. I’m just looking for a little professionalism. That to me was not that.”

Hernandez engaged only briefly with Green before returning to his position. It appeared Green had more to say and did make some remarks to home plate umpire Todd Tichenor before walking off the field.

“I’ve already had quite a few ejections, some from (Hernandez),” Green said. “I didn’t feel like pressing that.”

Green has been ejected eight times in his three seasons as manager, including three times this season., tied for fifth most in the majors. Hernandez’s only ejection of Green came on June 29 game against the Pirates.

Ellis island

A.J. Ellis is by some measures having his best season among the 10 he has played in the major leagues.

That season appears all but finished, as the back-up catcher has been relegated to a third fiddle with the promotion of top catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

Green said Mejia and Austin Hedges will split in the season’s final month.

So what happens to Ellis?

“The unfair thing that happens a lot with veteran catchers in September,” Green said.

Ellis, who at 37 is the oldest catcher in the majors, has not only been a sort of coach for Hedges, hitters and pitchers, but he has posted a career-high .291 batting average and a .389 on-base percentage that is second highest in his career and leads the Padres. Ellis has started 42 games, six more than he did in 2017 with the Marlins.

“He’s been very good for us in a lot of capacities,” Green said. “There is just not going to be a lot of opportunity for him to get on the field. Out of respect for him, we’ll try to find ways to get him out there from time to time. It’s very difficult. There’s not a ton left for a third catcher.”

Extra bases

  • With a single in the fifth inning, Franmil Reyes ended Robbie Ray’s no-hit bid and extended his own hitting streak to 10 games. With Hunter Renfroe going 0-for-4 (barely being beat out by a throw from Diamondbacks third baseman Eduardo Escobar in the ninth inning) to have his streak stopped at 11 games, Reyes assumes the longest current hitting streak in the National League.
  • Eric Hosmer went hitless for the third straight game, but he did get his fifth walk in those games. He is 0-for-7 with a .417 on-base percentage in the span.
  • Austin Hedges’ eighth-inning double gave him an extra-base hit in four of his past five games. It also extended his hitting streak to six games.
  • With a single in the sixth inning, Luis Urias has reached base in all but one of his eight career games.
  • Phil Maton did not retire any of the three batters he faced, allowed an inherited runner to score and was charged with an unearned run in the seventh inning. Tuesday was his team-leading 15th appearance in the Padres’ past 30 games. Maton has a 5.17 ERA and 1.66 WHIP and has allowed four of eight inherited runners to score.

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Padres 0, Diamondbacks 6: Mejía called up, Pads get blanked

Padres 0, Diamondbacks 6: Mejía called up, Pads get blanked

The Padres lose today, but Mejía has arrived. He showed up for a quick at bat, striking out, and was among the 13 other Friar strikeouts as Robbie Ray and the Diamondbacks made quick work of the San Diego lineup.

Joey Lucchesi had a fair outing, giving up 2 earned runs in 5 innings while striking out 6. Unfortunately, the following act of Robert Stock and Phil Maton conceded 4 additional runs, putting the D-Backs up 6-0 from the 7th inning on.

Meanwhile, Galvis, Renfroe, and Margot all had multiple strikeout days as the rest of the Pads were stumped by Ray. Franmil Reyes was the first to breakup a no-hitter going into the 5th inning, recording one of the only three hits for the day (Hedges, Urias.)

Fair enough, as the Diamondbacks are now only a game and a half behind the Rockies for the NL West. The Pads will take a quick break tomorrow and hit Cincinnati for a 4-game series against the Reds before 2 games against the Mariners and 2 days off before their second to last homestand of the season.

Ray fans 10, Arizona beats Padres 6-0, ends 4-game skid

Ray fans 10, Arizona beats Padres 6-0, ends 4-game skid

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte (4) steals third as San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers falls after making the catch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out 10 and pitched two-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks’ skid had knocked them out of the NL West lead.

Ray (5-2) got his first win at Chase Field since March 30, his first game of 2018 – he’d been 0-1 in his previous six starts at home. He won back-to-back starts for the first time since last September.

Joey Lucchesi (7-8) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He’s winless in five career starts against Arizona.

Nick Ahmed hit an RBI triple and scored on Ketel Marte‘s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead in the second.

Ray hasn’t been consistently sharp this season, but he cruised through the first four innings without allowing a runner and striking out seven. Ray got help from a diving catch in center field by A.J. Pollock, which took a hit away from Luis Urias.

The Padres got their first hit of the game, a single from Franmil Reyes, with two outs in the fifth. They had runners on the corners in the sixth with two outs, but Ray struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.

Marte manufactured a run on his own after infield single in the Diamondbacks’ four-run seventh. Reliever Robert Stock threw wildly on a pickoff attempt to allow Marte to get to second base, and Marte stole third. He scored on a passed ball, and pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso had an RBI single.

The Diamondbacks got another run when Padres catcher Austin Hedges couldn’t hold on to the ball after tagging Descalso trying to score on Pollock’s sharp single. Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single.


The Diamondbacks recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno and RH reliever Matt Andriese from Single-A Visalia before Tuesday’s game. Andriese had been with the Diamondbacks until Aug. 28 after he was picked up in a trade with Tampa Bay. … Starting pitcher Zack Godley, who worked in Monday’s game, was placed on the paternity list to return home for the birth of his first child.


The Padres called up catcher Francisco Mejia from Triple-A El Paso before Tuesday’s game. Mejia, considered one of San Diego’s top prospects, struck out as pinch-hitter in his San Diego debut.


Padres: The Padres get Wednesday off. Then LHP Eric Lauer (5-7) faces the Cincinnati in the first game of a four-game series.

Diamondbacks: After a day off Wednesday, RHP Zack Greinke (13-9) opens a four-game series against Atlanta on Thursday.


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Myers apologises to Green after criticising manager

Myers apologises to Green after criticising manager

After criticising Andy Green, Wil Myers apologised to the San Diego Padres manager.

San Diego Padres star Wil Myers apologised to manager Andy Green after he was heard criticising him on a live stream of Fortnite.

In a since deleted video, Myers’ voice was heard in the background while Padres minor-leaguer Carlos Asuaje was streaming the popular video game.

“The Padres are doing cutoff and relays tomorrow at 3 o’clock – in September, dude,” Myers was heard saying, according to MLB.com

“Oh my god. It’s so miserable, man. It’s insane. Andy could not be any worse than he is right now.”

Asuaje then informed Myers he was live streaming the game.

Myers apologised to his manager on Monday, saying they were comments he should not have made.

“I love Andy, and I love playing for him,” Myers said (via MLB.com). “He’s a guy that has taught me a lot in this game. At times, you get into a mood where you get frustrated, no matter what’s going on with a team or individually, and you say some things you shouldn’t say in a conversation that you think’s private.

“The reality is, now we’re in 2018. I’m incredibly sorry, obviously to Andy, to my team-mates, to the fans. This is a distraction we don’t need.”

Myers, who has been with San Diego since 2015, is slashing .254/.310/.462 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs in 61 games this season.

The Padres entered play Monday in last place of the National League West with a 54-85 record.

Rockies topple Padres, grab 2nd in NL West

Rockies topple Padres, grab 2nd in NL West


Chris Iannetta snapped a tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning Sunday, and David Dahl homered in the eighth as the Colorado Rockies defeated the host San Diego Padres 7-3 to gain a split of a four-game series at Petco Park.

Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (13-7) held the Padres to three runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings.

The win boosted Colorado back into second place in the National League West, a half-game out of the lead.

Dahl drove in two runs for the Rockies, who got three hits from Charlie Blackmon and two hits from Trevor Story.

Padres rookie right-hander Jacob Nix (2-3) allowed five runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six-plus innings.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Blackmon doubled, moved to third on an infield out and scored on Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly.

The Padres responded in the bottom of the inning on a two-run, two-out single by rookie Franmil Reyes after rookie Luis Urias singled between walks drawn by Freddy Galvis and Eric Hosmer.

The teams exchanged runs in the fourth. The Rockies tied the game at 2-2 on a single by Arenado, a double by Story and a sacrifice fly by Dahl. The Padres regained the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the inning on a one-out double by Manuel Margot and an RBI single by A.J. Ellis.

Story’s second double of the game tied the score in the sixth.

Colorado’s Ian Desmond singled and stole second to open the seventh. After Gerardo Parra drew a walk, right-hander Trey Wingenter replaced Nix. Desmond and Parra advanced on a double steal, and Iannetta then doubled to make it 5-3. Iannetta scored on Blackmon’s single.

Over the last five innings, the only Padre to reach base was Hosmer on a one-out walk in the eighth. Freeland retired the last seven hitters he faced. Three Rockies relievers — Seunghwan Oh, Adam Ottavino and Scott Oberg — combined to retire nine of the 10 they faced.

–Field Level Media


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