You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Sister of alleged West Liberty shooter speaks, school to re-open

Sloppy Reds see three-game win streak end


The Reds haven’t won four games in a row since May for a reason. Their inconsistent play has kept them from building the sort of momentum they need to make a serious run at the first-place Pirates.

A fourth straight win stared them in the face Saturday. It knocked on the door. It was there for the taking. The Reds still couldn’t take advantage. They didn’t deserve to win — but they should have.

Cincinnati’s first four-error game in three years and a serious baserunning miscue in the seventh inning left it with a 3-1 loss to the Padres in front of 34,777 at Great American Ball Park.

The Padres, 7-2 losers in the first game of the series on Friday, bounded out of the gate Saturday. The first three batters of the game reached base, and the Reds assisted San Diego’s cause with two errors in the first.

Chris Denorfia, the former Red who beat the Reds with a two-run, walk-off home run against Aroldis Chapman on July 29, led off the game with a single. Will Venable then singled to left, and Xavier Paul couldn’t handle the ball. Denorfia came all the way around from first to score.

The Reds’ problems continued when the next batter, Chase Headley, grounded to Jack Hannahan at third. Hannahan’s throw to first sailed wide. Joey Votto got a glove on it, but the ball rolled into the photographer’s well next to the Reds dugout. Venable scored from second on the play.

Hannahan was charged with the error on that play in the first, and he committed two more in the game, becoming the first Red to commit three errors in a game since Edwin Encarnacion in 2006.

Only Hannahan’s first error led to a run. The Padres didn’t score again until the eighth when Venable homered off Manny Parra.

Meanwhile, the Reds managed just one run against Padres starter Tyson Ross and two relievers. Brandon Phillips delivered that run with a single to score Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the first.

The Reds’ best chance to tie the game or take the lead came in the seventh. Jay Bruce walked to lead off the inning, and Paul singled to move Bruce to third with no outs.

Devin Mesoraco then lifted a fly ball to short right field. It was too short for Bruce to tag, but Paul tried to take second on the throw to the plate. However, the throw was cut off, and Paul was thrown out at second.

That double play took the life out of the Reds. The next batter, Hannahan, with a chance to redeem himself, grounded out to shortstop.

The Reds (64-52) wasted another fine pitching performance. Tony Cingrani settled down after the first. He was charged with no earned runs in five innings with five strikeouts.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Atlanta Falcons fan bawls after big win against Green Bay
Atlanta Falcons fan bawls after big win against Green Bay

The Atlanta Falcons are heading to Super Bowl LI, and one super fan just couldn't contain his emotions after the win Sunday. Jonathan Tarantino was watching the game with friends in his Atlanta apartment Sunday and couldn't contain his emotions after the Falcons' win against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21, securing...
Barrett’s Heisman odds bullish with OSU offense under new management
Barrett’s Heisman odds bullish with OSU offense under new management

J.T. Barrett for Heisman? Folks at Bovada are bullish on the Texas native after he announced he will return for a fifth season in Columbus. In odds released Monday (which also happens to be Barrett’s 22nd birthday), Barrett trailed only Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield checked in at 11/2 with Barrett next at 6/1 – both ahead...
Dalton replaces Brady in Pro Bowl
Dalton replaces Brady in Pro Bowl

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will play in his third Pro Bowl after being named today as a replacement for New England’s Tom Brady, who will not play due to the Patriots advancing to Super Bowl LI. Dalton’s addition gives the Bengals five Pro Bowl selections, although wide receiver A.J. Green will not participate due to his...
Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump
Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel is back on the scene not just in time for the Super Bowl but also to help out our 45th president as he settles into the Oval Office.  The former Browns quarterback offered some important social media advice for President Donald J. Trump on Monday.  “Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on...
Pair of Dunbar juniors heating up on recruiting trail
Pair of Dunbar juniors heating up on recruiting trail

Looks like it was a good weekend for Dunbar High School’s Antwuan Johnson and Tavion Thomas. The Wolverine juniors both received scholarship offers from West Virginia. Cincinnati and Bowling Green also offered Thomas over the weekend after he received offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin last week. Thomas made the All-Ohio first team in Division...
More Stories