Game Preview: Padres vs. Reds
By: Maddie Schmidt
Friday, the Cincinnati Reds will be hosting the San Diego Padres in the second game of a four-game series. The Padres are ranked third in the National League West with a 62–64 record. The Reds are ranked fifth in the National League Central with a 52–73 record.
Usually, a series between two clubs of these records wouldn’t draw much attention. But, crowds are expected to come out for the series. Cincinnati has a weekend full of festivities planned to honor Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader.
Rose will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with the club retiring his No.14 on Sunday. Although Rose is going to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, he is ineligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose’s ineligibility is the result of betting on games, which ended his 24-year career.
The Red’s have a group of young players in the line up for Friday, including left-handed pitcher Cody Reed. Reed has an ERA of 5.14 and his last start was against Houston on June 18th. Cincinnati fell to Houston 4–5.
Right-handed rookie, Colin Rea, will be starting for the Padres this Friday. Rea, 3–3, has an ERA of 5.02. June 13 Rea had his worst start in his brief career against the Miami Marlins. San Diego fell 13–4 and Rea gave up eight runs, six earned, and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Previously, Rea had been pitching pretty well. After the loss to Miami he stated, “Physically, I felt good,” Rea said. “It just seemed like every time I threw it over the plate, they were aggressive.”
Saturday, June 18 Rea bounced back having one of his best outings in his career against the Nationals, or so it started that way. He allowed two runs, four hits and two walks. During the seventh inning Rea was in a bit of a jam. At the time Rea had only 82 pitches, and there were men on first and second. The Padre’s manager pulled Rea. He’ll be back out to start against the Reds Friday for another opportunity.
The Reds history with the Padres isn’t too bright. They’ve gone 6–12 and haven’t had a series win since 2012. Cincinnati has gone 13–11 since breaking an 11-game losing streak.