Joey Votto, David Bell ejected in wild Cincinnati Reds loss vs Padres

Jun 19, 2021; San Diego, California, USA;  Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) argues a called third strike during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO – In a tie game in the bottom of the eighth inning, Cincinnati Reds reliever Heath Hembree thought he was going to silence the crowd.

With San Diego Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim at the plate with two outs, the San Diego Padres’ near sell-out crowd chanted ‘Let’s go Kim.’ Hembree dialed up a slider, which has been his best strikeout pitch this season.

Instead, Hembree allowed a two-run home run and took the loss in the Reds 7-5 loss to the Padres on Saturday. While Kim got a curtain call after rounding the bases, the Reds lost their third straight game and their bullpen allowed its 11th run over 9 ⅓ innings during this series.

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