The shutout loss – before a second consecutive sellout crowd, the one of 40,871 – was Cincinnai’s sixth of the season. Brandon Finnegan has been the losing pitcher in four of them.
“It was (Mike) Leake here for a while,” manager Bryan Price said about hard-luck pitchers. “It happens from time to time. You get shutout or don’t score many runs and it’s the same pitcher. Win or lose, he’s pitching winning baseball. Sometimes, you pitch winning baseball and lose.”
Finnegan (3-6) lasted 6-2/3 innings despite not having his best stuff, he said.
“I wasn’t sharp with my stuff, but when I threw strikes, I got outs,” the left-hander said. “When I figured out I could beat them without my best stuff, I just threw it over the plate and they beat it into the ground or popped it up.”
Brandon Phillips created and then took the Reds out of a scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. He led off by skittering a grounder between first baseman Wil Myers and the bag and down the right field line for a double. Despite being in scoring position, Phillips then tried to steal third, where he was easily thrown out by catcher Derek Norris, breaking the basic rule that says a runner never should make the first or third out of an inning at third base.
“I’m happy that he tried,” Pomeranz said. “That changes the game a little bit, because the next guy singles.”
“A fortunate break for us to get the opportunity to do that,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “That kind of negated what could have been a rally.”
Jay Bruce followed with what would likely have been an RBI single up the middle, the last Reds hit against Pomeranz, who retired the last 11 Reds batters he faced. finishing with a flourish by striking out Bruce, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez – the fourth, fifth and sixth batters in manager Bryan Price's lineup – in the seventh,.
Travis Jankowski double to left to lead off the game against Finnegan, went to third on Myers groundout to second and scored on Matt Kemp’s groundout to third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who thought about trying to throw out Jankowski at the plate before taking the out at first.
Pomeranz made it 2-0 in the fifth with his second career homer and 3-0 in the seventh, driving in Norris from second with a single up the middle. Both hits came with two outs.