National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 6th
(All times eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (44-38) at San Diego Padres (34-50), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.06)
San Diego - Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50)
(Sports Network) - Yasmani Grandal has made an immediate impact for the San
Diego Padres and he's only been with the big league club since early June.
The young catcher has helped San Diego to a six-game winning streak and will
look for more positive results tonight in the second installment of a four-
game series versus the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park.
Grandal, who doubled leading off the ninth, scored the game-winning run on
Everth Cabrera's single for a 2-1 win on Thursday and finished 1-for-4 at the
plate. He has four homers and six runs batted in to go along with a .292
average in just seven games this season. Grandal has five extra-base hits in
"We're getting some timely hitting from some of these fresh faces," Padres
reliever Huston Street said on the club's website. "We have got some good,
young players on this team."
Logan Forsythe clubbed a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth inning
to even the score at 1-1, while Yonder Alonso and Cameron Maybin had two hits
apiece for the Padres, who are 9-3 in the past 12 games and recently went 7-3
on a 10-game road trip. San Diego last won seven in a row during an eight-game
surge from April 16-24, 2010.
Edinson Volquez got the start for the Padres against his former team and did
not record a decision with seven innings of one-run ball and 10 strikeouts.
Brad Brach threw a scoreless eighth inning and Street picked up the win -- his
second of the season -- with two K's in the ninth.
Padres manager Bud Black was ejected from last night's game in the seventh
inning for arguing a close play at first base.
"That was probably the most upset I've been on the baseball field in a while,"
Black told the team's website. "It's a situation where it kind of changed the
game a little bit. First and third with one out, we've been playing well, so
you want those calls to go your way."
Kip Wells gets the call for Black's ballclub tonight and will make his third
start of the season. Wells lost his Padres' debut on June 26 in a 5-3 loss at
Houston, but rebounded in last Sunday's 2-0 victory in Colorado with seven
scoreless innings. The veteran Wells is 1-1 with a 1.50 earned run average and
will face his former Cincinnati team for the 22nd time.
In 21 career appearances, 19 of which have been starts, against the Reds, the
right-hander is just 2-10 with a 4.97 ERA. Wells is 0-5 with a 9.22 ERA in his
previous six starts against Cincinnati.
The Reds have hit the skids lately with three straight losses and six in the
past nine tries. The losing ways have dropped the club two games behind
surprising Pittsburgh in the NL Central and continued with last night's loss.
Mat Latos was aiming for his third straight complete game, but ended up
tossing seven shutout innings and striking out eight batters in the no-
decision. Latos was facing the Padres for the first time since they traded him
to Cincinnati last offseason. Logan Ondrusek was saddled with the loss for
permitting the go-ahead run.
"That's another tough loss, We have to start winning those close ball games,"
Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Chris Heisey's RBI triple in the second accounted for the lone run for
Cincinnati, which had been in first place in the NL Central for 41 straight
days and dropped to 3-5 on an 11-game road trip in California. The Reds split
a four-game set in San Francisco, then lost two of three in Los Angeles.
Reds starters have produced eight quality starts in a row and now its up to
Bronson Arroyo to keep that going. Arroyo is just 1-4 with a 4.92 earned run
average in his last 10 starts and has registered back-to-back no-decisions,
including a 4-3 loss at the Giants on Sunday. He allowed two runs in six
innings that day and is 3-5 overall in 16 starts with a 4.06 ERA.
Arroyo, a right-hander, is 4-7 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 career starts against the
San Diego and Cincinnati are meeting for the first time since the Reds won
four of six matchups a season ago.
07/06 10:49:44 ET