Today's matchup: Reds (44-58) at Padres (51-51) | Game 1 of 3
Series update: The Padres won two of three at Great American Ballpark in May. San Diego went 2-1 vs. the Reds last year at Petco Park.
Reds update: Only Colorado has a worse record this season than Cincinnati, but the Reds have won 11 of their last 17 and have not lost a series since the All-Star break (2-0-2). Cincinnati is 17-15 under manager Jerry Narron, who replaced Dave Miley on June 21. Led by Ken Griffey Jr. (23 HR, 68 RBI), Adam Dunn (28, 63) and All-Star shortstop Felipe Lopez (16, 55), the Reds have scored the most runs in the NL (5.02 per game). Their pitchers, however, have the league's highest ERA (5.55) and have allowed the most home runs (152). Reds are 13-33 on the road.
Today's matchup: Pedro Astacio will be making his third start for the Padres and 15th overall. He pitched well Saturday in Philadelphia, allowing only two runs in six innings in a 2-0 loss. The Reds' Luke Hudson will be making his ninth start of the year; he won his first but is 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA since. He made his first career start last year against the Padres and gave up five earned runs in 5113 innings of a 7-2 home loss.
Probable series starters
TODAY, 7:05 P.M.
Reds: RHP Luke Hudson (1-5, 8.83)
Padres: RHP Pedro Astacio (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
TOMORROW, 7:05 P.M.
Reds: RHP Aaron Harang (6-9, 3.97)
Padres: RHP Brian Lawrence (5-10, 4.21)
SUNDAY, 1:05 P.M.
Reds: LHP Eric Milton (4-11, 7.03)
Padres: RHP Woody Williams (5-7, 4.66)