Less than 24 hours after the offense put on a veritable clinic, the Padres could not give an encore performance as they fell, 7-3, to the Reds on Wednesday. Despite showing promise early with a three-run first inning, the team's bats were stymied by the Reds rookie Raisel Iglesias as San Diego managed only two hits in the final eight innings of Wednesday's series finale.
James Shields surrendered three runs on three hits in the first inning before settling down. The control and poise that Shields had shown for the remainder of the game was only interrupted by a balk in the third inning that would result in a run for the Reds. Overall, Shields surrendered five earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings.
Matt Kemp headlined the Padres' offense with a three-run homer in the first inning, his 12th of the season. Outside of Kemp's dinger, the Friars only managed to pound out four hits in the game: Derek Norris smashed his 24th double of the year, while Justin Upton, Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso each recorded a base knock.
Despite being unable to complete the sweep, the Padres closed out their homestand with a series victory over the Reds after taking two out of three.
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