Reds in position to steal series in San Diego

Cincinnati Reds finally won a game against padres …and in San Diego, no less

Now can they win the series against their nemesis. he is facing the opportunity reds In the rubber match of the three-match series on Wednesday afternoon

“It was great to get the win,” manager David Bell said on Tuesday night reds defeated padres 2-1 in 10 innings to end multiple negative streaks

Had lost seven straight games against Cincinnati padres dating back to the start of the 2022 season. Reds San Diego had lost nine straight since the start of the 2013 season before Tuesday and was 8-22 at Petco Park.

The victory that ended those setbacks was no fluke.

“We got great pitching,” Bell said. “We played excellent defense and got some clutch hits. And Alexis Diaz (earning the save) in the 10th …

“It’s a big win, an exciting win. That’s the kind of win we’re working towards.”

second straight win on wednesday Reds home with a 4-2 record on trips to Oakland and San Diego

Right-handed batsmen will have a matchup in the series finale Reds‘ Luis Sessa (1-3, 9.55 ERA) and the padres‘ Seth Lugo (2-2, 3.58 ERA)

The 31-year-old Sessa native of Mexico has given up 23 runs on 39 hits and nine walks with nine strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings of five overs this season. That’s a 2.215 WHIP and .398 opponents’ batting average.

Rival hitters have a .633 slugging percentage against Sesa this season with a 1.078 OPS. Reds He is 1-4 in his starts, his only win in his latest start. On Friday at Oakland, he held the Low A’s to three runs on eight hits over five innings.

Bell said, “He threw strikes and got ahead of hitters.” Reds‘ an 11-7 win in that contest. “It was one of those games where you felt you needed to keep scoring to win. And we did.

Sesa has only pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two innings against padres In his eight-season career, giving up one hit and one walk. scored a scoreless inning against padres in 2022

Lugo, who signed with padres With the promise of a shot in the rotation, he has cemented his spot. padres He is 3-2 in five starts. He has given up 11 runs on 30 hits and six walks with 26 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. It’s a 1.301 WHIP and a .273 Opponents’ Batting Average

He has proven to be durable – going six or more innings in three innings and throwing 93 or more pitches in all five – and capable of getting out of jams.

“He’s very competitive with a good mix of pitches,” said San Diego manager Bob Melvin, “and he gives us length.”

Will make 15th career appearance (2nd start) against Lugo reds on Wednesday. He has a 1–1 record against Cincinnati with a 1.04 ERA, 1.154 WHIP and .234 opponents’ batting average.

– Field Level Media