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Bats go boom: Reds hit seven homers in 11-1 rout of Padres

Ian Casselberry
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What was at the end of the rainbow seen in Cincinnati Saturday evening?

A pot full of home runs, apparently.

Cincinnati fans didn't necessarily have to show up early for batting practice to get a souvenir as the home team cranked out seven long balls in an 13-1 bombing of the San Diego Padres. With Kyle Blanks adding a homer for the Padres, the two teams tied a ballpark record for homers at the Great American Launching Pad.

Miguel Cairo and Ryan Hanigan led the fireworks display, each going deep twice. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier added the other three round-trippers for Cincinnati. Maybe it would be easier to mention which Reds hitters didn't hit a home run on Saturday.

Frazier, the Reds' rookie third baseman, has seen this kind of home run binge before. But it was a while ago: {YSP:MORE}

"You don't see that often," New Jersey native Frazier said of the power show. "We had that in Little League one time, we had 11 homers in one game. It kind of felt like a Little League game. It was fun."

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Tim Stauffer was the rather unfortunate recipient of the boomstick beating. The Padres righthander teed up five of the seven dingers, nearly half of the total he'd allowed all season coming into Saturday's game.

That couldn't have been fun.

"I never expect to be embarrassed out there and that is what happened today," said Stauffer. "They looked pretty comfortable in there. I didn't make them uncomfortable.

The only people Stauffer is making uncomfortable are those who have to watch him right now. Those five home runs allowed tied a team record, set by Woody Williams in 2001. He's also now served up eight home runs in his last two starts, totaling 10 innings. That's a record Stauffer has all to himself.

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