Well, it was fun while it lasted.
We all knew the Reds win streak would end at some point, and did it ever, with an 11-5 loss to the Padres. Welcome home.
It looked good at first. It was just like old times seeing Edinson Volquez get roughed up for three runs in the first inning and leave after five. Volquez allowed five runs total and did his best to keep the Reds in the game, but they weren’t up to the task.
Mike Leake made Volquez look like a Cy Young winner. After his teammates gave him the lead, he failed to get out of the second inning. The Reds were searching for consecutive win No. 11, and they could find a few 11s in the pitching section of the box score. They allowed 11 runs on 11 hits and 11 walks. That’s 22 base runners! Eleven walks! There were so many Padres walking that you might think they were raising money for charity.
Devin Mesoraco appeared to think that home plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s strike zone may have had something to do with that, as he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. He then appeared to make slight contact with Fairchild. Mesoraco was given an appreciative ovation from the crowd as he left the field.
Ex-Red Yonder Alonso poured some salt in the wound by going 4-for-5 with three doubles. Volquez pitched just well enough to even his record at 7-7, and Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless inning-plus.
It wasn’t all bad though. Jay Bruce got on base four times with two hits and two walks, including a home run. Drew Stubbs hit yet another home run and had another multi-hit game with a stolen base. Scott Rolen was on base three times.
Best of all? The Pirates got clobbered too. The good guys are still three games up. Tomorrow is a new day.