CINCINNATI — Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore delivered arguably his finest outing of the season on Wednesday night.
It was Gore’s second straight win over Cincinnati as he went five scoreless frames with seven strikeouts in the Padres’ 6-0 victory at home on April 20.
Gore, who threw 102 pitches – 69 for strikes – bounced back from a difficult first inning on Wednesday, in which the Reds loaded the bases with none out. Gore, who yielded one run on five hits and two walks, stranded six runners as Cincinnati went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Gore threw his four-seam fastball the most – 59% of the time with a whiff rate of 32% – but mixed in a slider 14 times – with a whiff rate of 36%.
With the Padres providing five runs of support in the first three innings, Gore was able to pitch from ahead early on. Designated hitter Luis Campusano’s sacrifice fly in the second inning got things started offensively, before San Diego rallied again in the third.
Trent Grisham hit a triple and Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado delivered singles before Jurickson Profar launched a three-run homer to give the Padres a 5-0 lead. Profar’s fifth jack of the season traveled a Statcast-projected 372 feet.