National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 30th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (43-60) at Cincinnati Reds (61-40), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Edinson Volquez (6-7, 3.30)
Cincinnati - Mike Leake (4-6, 4.12)
(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds take aim at their first 11-game winning
streak in over 55 years this evening when they open a four-game set with the
San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds have won 10 straight, 17 of their last 19 and after a three-game
sweep of the Colorado Rockies this past weekend, are tied with the National
League East-leading Washington Nationals for the best record in baseball at
Remarkably, the team is 11-2 since Joey Votto went on the disabled list.
In the three-game sweep of the Rockies, which culminated in a 7-2 win on
Sunday, Cincinnati scored 19 runs, and the team averaged six runs per game on
their six-game road trip.
The starting pitchers were 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA during that span, helping the
Reds increase their lead atop the NL Central to four-games over the Pittsburgh
"I'm always talking about the perfect road trip, finally had one," Reds
manager Dusty Baker said. "It's been a long time. I can't remember the last
perfect road trip. The guys responded well."
The team hasn't won 11 in a row since a 12-game tear from April 30-May 12,
Hoping to extend that run tonight will be righty Mike Leake, who is 4-6 with a
4.12 ERA. Leake beat the Houston Astros on Tuesday, holding them to a pair of
runs and seven hits in eight innings.
He has never faced the Padres, who will counter with a familiar face to those
in Cincinnati in Edinson Volquez.
Volquez pitched the first four years of his career for the Reds, but was
traded this offseason to San Diego in a deal that brought back Mat Latos.
The 29-year-old right-hander did face his former team on July 5 and did not
get a decision, despite throwing seven innings of one run ball. He scattered
five hits and struck out 10 in that one and the Padres held on for a 2-1 win.
Overall, Volquez has pitched well for the woeful Padres and hasn't lost in
July, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts. He is 6-7 on the year with a
San Diego enters this series having lost two of three over the weekend to the
Miami Marlins, including a 5-4 setback in 10 innings on Sunday.
Despite the weekend struggles, the Padres are 14-10 in July and have won nine
of 16 since the All-Star break.
"We've played well, and I think it starts on a number of factors," San Diego
manager Bud Black said. "We got Carlos (Quentin) healthy and back in the
lineup. Huston (Street) missed a month; he came back. Our middle-infield
situation changed over; (Logan) Forsythe got healthy. That coincided with a
couple guys bringing up their play offensively, and our defensive play picked
up. So when you add all that up, it equates to more victories."
San Diego took one potential reliever off the trade market on Sunday when it
agreed to a two-year extension with closer Huston Street. He will get paid $7
million in each of the next two seasons with a club option for the 2015
"It's an honor," Street said. "Some people might say it's a team-friendly
contract. That's fine with me. I'm happy. It's friendly to me. It's going to
be very friendly to me."
Cincinnati took three of four from the Padres right before the All-Star break.
07/30 10:39:59 ET