For three innings, Cody Reed looked like Superman. In the fourth inning he looked like Clark Kent, complete with glasses and a strap to hold them on that dangles down his back like a pony-tail.
Reed displayed why the Cincinnati Reds are so hyped up about him — for three innings Monday night against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz.
THREE IN THE fourth inning Reed reverted to a 22-year-old with no major league experience and no experience above Double-A in the minors.
For three innings Reed was nearly unhittable no runs, one hit, no walks, three strikeouts. He had a runner on second with one out in the third and caught the next two Padres looking at strike three.
The Reds believe that Reed was the centerpiece of the three pitchers they received last trading deadline when they acquired him, Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb from the Kansas City Royals.
Reed, though, retired only one Padre in the fourth and ended up giving up four runs, four hits and two walks.
Matt Kemp led the Padres fourth with a single and first baseman Wil Myers homered. That seemed to unnerve Reed. He issued a walk and Alexei Ramirez doubled for a third run. That ended Reed’s evening.
HE WAS REPLACED by 26-year-old right hander Layne Sonsen, drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 draft out of South Dakota State University.
He had made five spring appearances for the Reds and given up no runs and only two hits in six innings.
But Somsen had one of those nights no pitcher ever wants to remember. In only two-thirds of an inning he gave up four runs, three hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
One of the hits Somsen gave up was a three-run triple by Myers, who had hit the two-run homer off Reed earlier in the inning. That gave Myers five RBI in one inning, an eight-run Padres inning.
Somsen pitched a Triple-A Louisville last year and over 15 appearances he had a 2.73 ERA.
THE REDS STRUGGLED early against James Shields until Joey Votto produced Cincinnati’s first hit, a two-run homer following Ivan DeJesus Jr. getting hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth.
Shields pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run and four hits. The toughest part of his evening was dodging line drives. He twice took line drives off his body, but stayed in the game.
The Padres didn’t score any other runs, all eight in one inning, and it was enough for an 8-5 victory.
AFTER SOMSEN LEFT, the Reds received four scoreless innings from J.J. Hoover (two innings, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts and his ERA remains at 0.00), one perfect inning with a strikeout from Keyvius Sampson and one perfect inning from Pedro Villarreal