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Saturday, August 10th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (52-63) at Cincinnati Reds (64-51), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Tyson Ross (2-5, 2.91)
Cincinnati - Tony Cingrani (5-1, 3.05)
(Sports Network) - With a seven-game road trip versus National League Central
foes looming, the Cincinnati Reds again try to take care of business against
the San Diego Padres when the clubs collide at Great American Ball Park
The Reds, who are due to take on the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers
beginning next week, logged their third straight win and the fourth in the
last five outings on Friday when they lit up the Padres in a 7-2 series
opener of the three-game set. Currently third in the NL Central standings and
six games out of first, the Reds were paced by Todd Frazier, Joey Votto and
Brandon Phillips, each of whom had two hits. Frazier scored three times and
the other two both knocked in a pair of runs as the Reds moved to 36-19 at
Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo moved over the .500 mark with his 10th win
of the campaign, allowing just a single run on four hits, striking out seven
over the course of seven innings.
"It was an all-around good ballgame," Arroyo said. "We had some clutch hitting
with two outs and all the good stuff we need to continue on a good pace."
Will Venable and Logan Forsythe provided all of the offense for the visiting
Padres as they both connected on solo home runs in the team's third
consecutive setback and the fourth in the last five contests. San Diego logged
a total of six hits in the meeting, two coming from Chase Headley.
Andrew Cashner was charged with the loss, his sixth of the season, as he gave
up five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and four walks. Cashner struck
out only three through five innings of work for a club that is 13 games out of
contention in the NL West.
"We just got behind the eight ball early," Padres manager Bud Black said.
"Arroyo stymied us the first three innings with his assortment of pitches. We
just couldn't get anything going early (and) they got to Cash. From there, we
couldn't mount anything offensively, and they just kept chipping away at us."
Gunning for his third consecutive win tonight for the Reds will be second-year
pitcher Tony Cingrani, who is getting his first-ever look at the Padres with
The Rice product last pitched a week ago versus St. Louis at home, capturing
his second victory in the last three appearances, but just the second overall
since the second week of June. Against the Cardinals Cingrani permitted three
runs on four hits and walked a season-high five, while striking out seven,
over five innings of action.
As for the Padres, they are hoping Tyson Ross can pitch well enough in order
to get them into the win column once again. Ross, who is just 8-23 in his
four-year career and has never won more than three games in any one season, is
trying to match that number tonight as he shoots for his third triumph in the
last four decisions overall.
The right-hander was last in action a week ago when he gave up only two runs
on three hits and a trio of walks, fanning a season-high nine over six innings
of work in a 3-0 loss versus the New York Yankees at home.
Ross has pitched only one other time against Cincinnati in his career, lasting
two innings while giving up two hits and striking out one.
With the win on Friday, the Reds have knotted the season series at two games
apiece. Cincinnati has won the series in each of the previous two campaigns by
a combined 10-4 margin.
08/10 10:38:41 ET