Cincinnati Reds Looking To Bounce Back Against San Diego Padres

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In the 11th inning of the Cincinnati Reds‘ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with the game tied at zero, phenom Yasiel Puig hit a clutch walk-off home run to win the game. Before the homer, both teams combined for seven hits through 11 innings in what had been a gripping pitcher’s duel.

It is very tough to lose a game like that in extra innings. The MLB season is a long one, and extra-inning games can be very taxing.

The San Diego Padres were also involved in a 1-0 game yesterday, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ ace Patrick Corbin and giving him his second loss of the entire season. In this game, both the Padres and Diamondbacks combined for 10 hits, and only one run.

On Monday night, the Reds and Padres will face off against one another. The Reds will send out Mike Leake, while the Padres will tab Sean O’Sullivan for the start. Leake has been dominant this year, owning 10-4 record with a 2.73 ERA. Though he had been at risk of losing his spot in the rotation to rookie Tony Cingrani at one point earlier this season, he has more than done enough to solidify his position on the Reds.

The Reds are currently five games behind in the division, but the good news is that they own one of the two NL Wild Card spots. Each and every game is important especially after the All-Star break. So a win tonight would be very crucial for the Reds’ playoff hopes.

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