Padres finish three-game sweep of Reds, 4-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe, teammates in the Pacific Coast League last season, combined to drive in all of the San Diego Padres’ runs in a 4-2, sweep-clinching victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Renfroe hit his 14th home run, a two-run shot that tied the score 2-2 in the sixth inning, and Cordero hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh before Renfroe’s RBI groundout finished the surge.
“I know exactly what Franchy’s all about, and he’s done everything I expected of him since he came up,” Renfroe said of his fellow rookie.
Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin (6-5) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen (3-2) inherited a 2-2 score from starter Amir Garrett and began the seventh with two walks, leading to two runs.
The Reds, who have lost their past nine road games, were swept at both Dodger Stadium and Petco Park to go 0-6 on the West Coast trip.
The left-handed hitting Cordero hit three home runs over the first two games of the series.
He had two singles in the finale. The second, a groundball to right field, scored Matt Szczur, who had drawn a leadoff walk against Lorenzen as a pinch-hitter.
The RBI single came after Cordero mistakenly attempted to bunt, causing third-base coach Glenn Hoffman to tell him to swing away.
“We made sure that he got the message that we trusted his bat,” manager Andy Green said.
Green said Cordero, who made his major league debut May 27 as a replacement for injured center fielder Manuel Margot, was “being selfless” when he tried to bunt, but the smarter play was to swing because Lorenzen is a strikeout pitcher.
Green said the advice to Renfroe was to be patient.
“Hunter Renfroe does not need to cheat to get to any pitch,” Green said.
Renfroe hit Garrett’s […]