In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.SAN DIEGO -- On the night they added
In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.
SAN DIEGO -- On the night they added more young talent to their organization, the Padres proved they already have plenty, with Franchy Cordero's first homer the highlight of a six-run, second-inning outburst that guided San Diego to a 9-3 victory over the Reds on Monday.
Cordero's opportunity with the Padres is the result of several injuries in their outfield, prompting his May callup. The 22-year-old rookie was a shortstop until 2015, but he's hit .298/.353/.511 while serving as the Padres' primary center fielder in recent weeks.
"You always have to have faith," Cordero said through a team interpreter. "In yourself, in your talent, and believe that things are going to happen.
"I've always been looking for that home run. I've always been waiting for it."
Shortly after the Padres made their second of three Draft picks Monday, Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (No. 69 overall pick, 1995 Draft, Hernando HS in Florida) hit Cory Spangenberg (No. 10 overall pick, 2011 Draft, Indian River Community College) with a pitch, sparking San Diego's comeback from a 2-1 deficit. Spangenberg and Allen Cordoba scored on a two-run double by Austin Hedges (No. 82 overall pick, 2011 Draft, JSerra Catholic HS in California), who came around when Jose Pirela continued his scorching June with an RBI single.
That was when Cordero launched his first Major League homer, an opposite-field shot to left that traveled a projected 365 feet.
"Those are moments you know a guy will remember the rest of his baseball career," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He's going to know exactly who he hit his first home run off of. He'll remember the day. He'll remember what it felt like. He'll have it with him for the rest of his life."
Two batters later, Yangervis Solarte, who hit an RBI single in the first, blasted his sixth homer to center to complete the six-run frame.
"Before I knew it, there was a six-spot on the board,'' Arroyo said. "It was one of those things that I couldn't stop the train from rolling downhill. It looked like they knew what was coming half of the time.''
William Myers (No. 91 overall pick, 2009 Draft, Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina) and Hedges added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to give the Padres their highest-scoring performance since April 29 against the Giants.
Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo had gone winless in his first 10 starts before holding Cincinnati to three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
"He got that lead and he ran with it," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Fastball, slider for strikes and he pounded the zone.''
Arroyo was less successful, lasting 4 2/3 innings and allowing nine runs on 13 hits, one of which was a triple by Perdomo.
"We told them to treat it almost like a backyard Wiffle ball game," Green said of the Padres' approach against Arroyo. "Just relax and hit and have fun hitting. Felt like the guys, for the most part, did a very good job of that today."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hedges hits: Despite batting eighth, Hedges took advantage of the run-scoring opportunities that came his way Monday. With the Padres trailing, 2-1, in the second, he roped a two-run double down the left-field line to give them a lead they didn't give up. His line-drive single in the fifth added another run, even though he was thrown out at second after stumbling on his way around first. The Reds even gifted him a hit in the third, when their four infielders converged on his popup but allowed it to fall. The three-RBI performance brought Hedges' season total up to 34, leaving him one shy of tying the Royals' Salvador Perez for the most among MLB catchers.
Two-out trouble: Perdomo pinned the Padres in an early hole when he allowed four straight Reds to reach with two outs in the first, with Scott Schebler (26th round, 2010 Draft, Des Moines Area Community College) hitting a two-run single with the bases loaded. Joey Votto (No. 44 overall pick, 2002 Draft, Richview Collegiate Institute) sparked the rally with a sinking single to left Pirela couldn't corral with a dive, and Adam Duvall (11th round, 2010 Draft, University of Louisville) reached when Spangenberg struggled to get a ball out of his glove, leading to an infield single. Monday's first was the sixth time since Wednesday the Padres retired the first two batters of an inning before allowing their opponent to score multiple runs. Entering Monday's game, San Diego pitchers allowed a .324 average with two outs in June, the worst in baseball.
"He was good in the first inning," Green said of Perdomo. "... Thought he did some good things. Had some life on his fastball. Happy for him to see that. Kid deserves a win by now."
"I'm proud of both of them, but I feel better about the win because now I feel like I have more confidence." -- Perdomo, when asked to compare his first win to his two triples
"I've got to catch a streak here where I put together two or three quality outings. And if not, I'm sure there is going to be a time when someone takes my spot if I don't get it done.'' -- Arroyo, on what the future holds for the struggling veteran
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With his fifth-inning triple, Perdomo became the first pitcher in Padres history with two triples in a single season, a feat no Major League pitcher had accomplished since Dontrelle Willis, who hit three for the Marlins in 2007.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Reds challenged that Schebler was hit by a Craig Stammen (12th round, 2005 Draft, University of Dayton) pitch that was called a ball in the ninth. A replay determined the call stands.
Reds: Cincinnati's top starter, Scott Feldman (30th round, 2003 Draft, College of San Mateo), gets the nod Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. ET as he aims for his fourth straight win. Feldman, who leads the staff with six quality starts, is 2-1 lifetime against the Padres.
Padres: The Padres will send a rested Clayton Richard (eighth round, 2005 Draft, University of Michigan) to the mound Tuesday. The veteran left-hander threw only 77 pitches in his last start against Arizona, taking the loss after allowing four runs over five innings. In 12 career appearances against the Reds, Richard has a 6.31 ERA. His first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Reds on Monday.
Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.