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Final: Padres 3 Reds 0/Honors for Hamilton/Trade for 1B



SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 2: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 2, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Final: Padres 3 Reds 0   Boxscore

*Go figure: Reds go from sweeping 1st place SF to getting swept by the Padres.
*Padres sweep Reds in SD for 1st time since May 15-16-17, 2009.
*Big difference in feel between 7-3 trip and 6-4 trip having lost final 3.
*Padres 5-1 vs Reds  having won both season series.
*Reds 16-19 vs teams with losing record. 
*Reds have scored 3 runs in last 36 innings vs SD: 1, 0, 2, 0.
*Tyson Ross 1st carer complete game/shutout: 9 IN, 3 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 0 R.
*9th time Reds shutout this season....happened 11 times last year.
*Day off for Joey Votto and Devin Mesoraco. Frazier 1B, Santiago 3B, Heisey LF.
*Reds get first off day in 16 days on Thursday, then ome home for 11 game home stand.
*Brewers lost earlier today, Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3-run walkoff HR to give Blue Jays 7-4 win. Reds stay 7 games back.
*Reds have not overcome more than a 2 run deficit to win this season.
*Todd Frazier singled with 2 outs in the 4th, the first Reds base runner of the day after Ross had retired 11 in a row.
*B4: Seth Smith doubled to score Irving Falu, making it 4-0. Reds challenged that Falu missed 3rd base and won the challenge, taking the run away.
*Frazier with 2 of Reds 3 hits....Pena the other
*Joey Votto PH in 8th and flew out...on another arms only swing.
Starting pitcher:  
*Johnny Cueto: 7 IN, 7 H (ties season high), 3 R, 3 BB, 9 K, ERA 1.99....3 R, 3 H in 1st.
*1st inning trouble: 1 out 1B, 1B, BB, fly out, bases clearing single by Rene Rivera, 3-0 Padres. Hamilton attempted a diving catch and could not hold on.
*Cueto entered having allowed 1 first inning run in 17 starts. He allows 3 today.
*Cueto has made 13 starts in which he has allowed 2 runs or less.
*Cueto allowed 4 hits in first 1.1 innings, more than he allowed in 7 other starts this year.
*Cueto entering today in day games: 6 starts, 0.75 ERA, 4 ER in 48 innings. 
Jumbo Diaz, 8th: 1-2-3 inning.

B1: Rene Rivera 2-out, 3-run single, 3-0 Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 2: Irving Falu #1 of the San Diego Padres misses third base on his way to home plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park July 2, 2014 in San Diego, California. An instant replay ruled him out on the play. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Billy, Billy, Billy 
Billy Hamilton was named NL Player of the Month for June.
.327-.348-.500-.848, 10 2B, 3 HR, 18 R, 18 RBI, 14 SB.
Hamilton becomes first Reds player to be so honored since Todd Frazier in August 2012. Among NL rookies in June, Hamilton ranked first in stolen bases (14), runs (18), hits (36), doubles (6) and home runs (3, tied) while ranking second in RBI (18), hitting(.327) and OPS (.848).
His 14 stolen bases led the NL and ranked second in the Major Leagues (Hou's Jose Altuve, 17 SB), and are the most stolen bases in a month by a rookie since Mike Trout's 14 steals in June 2012, the most by a Reds player since Deion Sanders stole 19 in April 1997 and the most in a month by a Reds rookie since Bob Bescher had 15 steals in September 1909.


Harold Riggins bio HERE

(Photo courtesy Tulsa Drillers)
Career stats HERE
24 years old, RH, 1B
Double-A: .263-.351-.447-.798, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 79 K in 179 AB.
Jair Jurrjens at Louisville: 2-3 4.46 in 6 starts. 



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