CINCINNATI – Dusty Baker is fed up – and apparently, he let his players know it.
Baker spoke with the Cincinnati Reds after they made three baserunning blunders and outfielder Drew Stubbs lost track of the number of outs in a 5-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
But he did not participate in his usual postgame session with the media.
“Dusty’s upset, and rightfully so,” third baseman Scott Rolen said when told Baker didn’t talk with reporters after the Reds had a season-low four hits while being shut out for the first time this season.
“He’s not happy with what’s going on on the field. We’re not, either.”
Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second consecutive day, Wade LeBlanc pitched three-hit ball over six innings and the Padres won their eighth in a row.
Will Venable also connected and ex-Mariner Yorvit Torrealba added a two-run double to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in 10 games.
LeBlanc (1-0), making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 18, walked two and struck out three.
“Wade threw really well,” said Padres manager Bud Black, a former pitcher for the Mariners and a graduate of Mark Morris High School and Lower Columbia Community College. “He mixed his pitches properly and effectively.”
Luke Gregerson retired all six batters he faced and Edward Mujica allowed a hit in the ninth to finish the Padres’ third shutout of the season.
LeBlanc retired Cincinnati’s first eight batters before Cueto popped up a bunt that fell between the mound and first base for a hit. Drew Stubbs followed with an infield single, but Cueto — anticipating an out — wandered off second base and was tagged out.
That was the first of three Reds to make baserunning errors. Brandon Phillips ended the fourth inning and Jonny Gomes the fifth by being caught stealing, LeBlanc to first baseman Gonzalez to second baseman David Eckstein.
Stubbs, a center fielder, caught Kyle Blanks’ routine fly ball and threw it into the stands, even though it was only the second out of the sixth inning. Nobody was on base at the time.
The Padres’ win streak is their longest since winning 10 in a row from May 15-25, 2009.