SAN DIEGO — Reliever Jumbo Diaz faced one batter in the 10th inning in Adam Rosales on Saturday and gave up a walk-off home run for a 2-1 Reds loss to the Padres. But this is not another story about how poorly the Cincinnati bullpen has been performing this season.
Raisel Iglesias has helped change the narrative with stellar pitching since he returned last month. Before Diaz entered, Iglesias dealt San Diego three scoreless innings to extend his streak to 20 2/3 scoreless innings over his 10 appearances — the longest such streak by a Reds pitcher this season.
“I feel really comfortable with this role that I have right now,” said Iglesias via translator Julio Morillo. “It’s what I’ve been doing since I’ve been in professional baseball, it was in the bullpen.”
Iglesias replaced starter Anthony DeSclafani in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game and allowed one hit with five strikeouts. He retired seven in a row until Alexi Amarista’s one-out single in the ninth. An Iglesias error pickoff throw sent Amarista to third base and forced Iglesias to pitch with the game on the line.
“After that throw, I focused 100 percent on working as hard as I can to get the people out and keep the …
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