Reds in place to steal sequence in San Diego

The Cincinnati Reds lastly received a recreation in opposition to the Padres … and in San Diego, no much less

Now can they win a sequence in opposition to their nemesis. That is the chance going through the Reds on Wednesday afternoon within the rubber match of a three-game sequence

“It was nice to get that win,” supervisor David Bell mentioned Tuesday evening after his Reds defeated the Padres 2-1 in 10 innings to finish a number of adverse streaks

Cincinnati had misplaced seven straight video games in opposition to the Padres relationship again to the beginning of the 2022 season. The Reds had misplaced 9 straight in San Diego and had been 8-22 at Petco Park for the reason that begin of the 2013 season previous to Tuesday

The win that ended these skids was no fluke.

“We received nice pitching,” Bell mentioned. “We performed wonderful protection and received some clutch hits. And Alexis Diaz (incomes the save) within the tenth. …

“That is a giant win, an thrilling win. Wins like which were what we have been working towards.”

A second straight win Wednesday would ship the Reds house with a 4-2 file on a visit to Oakland and San Diego

The sequence finale will function a matchup of right-handers, the Reds‘ Luis Cessa (1-3, 9.55 ERA) and the Padres‘ Seth Lugo (2-2, 3.58 ERA)

Cessa, a 31-year-old Mexico native, has given up 23 runs on 39 hits and 9 walks with 9 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings over 5 begins this season. That is a 2.215 WHIP and a .398 opponents’ batting common.

Rival hitters have a .633 slugging share in opposition to Cessa this season with a 1.078 OPS. The Reds are 1-4 in his begins, along with his solely win coming in his newest begin. On Friday in Oakland, he held the lowly A’s to a few runs on eight hits in five-plus innings

“He threw strikes and received forward of hitters,” Bell mentioned after the Reds‘ 11-7 victory in that contest. “It was a type of video games the place you felt you wanted to maintain scoring to win. And we did.

Cessa has pitched solely 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two outings in opposition to the Padres in his eight-season profession, yielding one hit and a stroll. He pitched a scoreless inning in opposition to the Padres in 2022

Lugo, who signed with the Padres with the promise at getting a shot on the rotation, has solidly earned his spot. The Padres are 3-2 in his 5 begins. He has given up 11 runs on 30 hits and 6 walks with 26 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. That is a 1.301 WHIP and a .273 opponents’ batting common

He has proved sturdy — going six or extra innings in three outings and throwing 93 or extra pitches in all 5 — and able to pitching his means out of jams.

“He is very aggressive with a very good mixture of pitches,” San Diego supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned, “and he offers us size.”

Lugo will likely be making his fifteenth profession look (second begin) in opposition to the Reds on Wednesday. He owns a 1-1 file in opposition to Cincinnati with a 1.04 ERA, a 1.154 WHIP and a .234 opponents’ batting common

–Subject Degree Media