The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres will continue a three-game series when they meet again at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.
The Padres have won three straight games, all on the road, and they are one win shy of matching a season-high for consecutive victories away from home. First baseman Eric Hosmer went 0-for-4, snapping a seven-game hitting streak during which he was 13-for-29 with a home run, four RBIs, and five runs scored.
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Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill (6-3, 3.23 ERA) is taking the mound for San Diego on Tuesday after going 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his last six games (five starts). Quantrill allowed two runs and three hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings while throwing a career-high 108 pitches in Wednesday’s 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old Canadian has lost just once in his last 14 outings (nine starts), lowing his ERA by 2.17.
Galvis picking up the slack
Cincinnati right fielder Aristides Aquino tries to break out of the first slump in his brief career when the Reds host San Diego on Tuesday. Aquino, who became the first rookie since 1900 to hit 11 home runs in his first 17 games, is 2-for-16 in his last four contests–both homers–after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Padres. Second baseman Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a home run in Monday’s win and is 11-for-25 with two homers, four RBIs and five runs scored in seven games since joining the Reds.
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Right-hander Sonny Gray (8-6, 2.98 ERA), who owns an 18-inning scoreless streak over his last three outings, will oppose Quantrill on Tuesday.
“He’s throwing so many strikes; I think that keeps guys on the defensive from the start,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “Obviously, everybody knows how good his breaking ball is. From a hitter’s perspective, when you’re facing him, you don’t want to get behind. When he’s able to get ahead like that, he’s able to put you away pretty quickly.”
The San Diego Padres are:
- 1-6 in their last seven games against starters with WHIPs under 1.15
- 5-11 in their last 16 road games against teams with losing records
- 2-5 in their last seven games against Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 6-1 in their last seven games against teams with losing records
- 6-1 in their last seven home games against teams with losing records
- 9-3 in their last 12 home games against right-handed starters