Padres pursue one other collection win over Reds

San Diego Padres supervisor Bob Melvin believes Tuesday may very well be an extended day for his crew

Cincinnati Reds supervisor David Bell hopes his counterpart is true

The Padres flew residence from Mexico Metropolis on Sunday night time — additionally dropping 7,330 ft in altitude — and gained a 3rd straight recreation on Monday night time, an 8-3 determination over the Reds

However Melvin figured his ballclub would nonetheless be using the Mexico Metropolis excessive on Monday. It was how the Padres could be feeling on Tuesday that involved him

“It will have been good to have a time without work immediately, that is for positive,” Melvin stated Monday afternoon. “However we do not, so we play on. We’ll do the very best we will. We did not have them hit (batting apply) to offer them a bit little bit of a break. Really, it is often the second day while you really feel it.

“It is baseball. You undergo some stretches through the season that are not perfect.”

Nevertheless, the Padres have dominated Cincinnati of late — significantly in San Diego

The Padres gained all six video games in opposition to the Reds in 2022. For the reason that begin of the 2021 season, the Padres are 13-1 in opposition to the Reds. Cincinnati has misplaced 9 straight in San Diego and is just 8-22 over its previous 30 video games performed there courting again to the beginning of the 2013 season

“You are solely involved with the subsequent recreation,” Bell stated. “The Padres have performed very properly in opposition to us. Streaks do not final without end.

The Reds, in fact, are hoping the streaks finish Tuesday night time when right-hander Graham Ashcraft (2-0, 2.10 ERA) is matched in opposition to veteran Padres right-hander Michael Wacha (2-1, 6.75) within the center contest of a three-game collection

The 25-year-old Ashcraft, the Reds‘ sixth-round draft choose in 2019, is coming off probably the most emotional outing of his 24-start profession

On Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ashcraft held the Texas Rangers to 2 runs on three hits and 4 walks with three strikeouts in six innings. He was pitching simply two days after the loss of life of his 82-year-old grandmother Theresa Ann Ashcraft, a Rangers fan who lived in Fort Value, Texas.

“I knew what I wanted to do,” stated Ashcraft, who went on bereavement depart after the Reds gained the sport. “The feelings had been actually excessive. The final inning was actually emotional. I knew she wished me to return out. Once I was youthful, she stored rating in any respect my video games, being there even after I wasn’t taking part in.

Bell stated, “It was a tricky week for Graham. I obtained to talk with him rather a lot. I knew how essential it was for him to pitch. It was his greatest approach honor his grandmother and household. That recreation was all coronary heart. Earlier than the final inning, we talked and he instructed me there was no approach he was popping out.”

Ashcraft shall be going through the Padres for the primary time on Tuesday. Will probably be his sixth begin of the season. He has allowed seven runs on 20 hits and 15 walks with 24 strikeouts over 30 innings for a 1.167 WHIP and a .190 opponents’ batting common

Wacha additionally shall be making his sixth begin of the season. He has given up 19 runs on 33 hits and 7 walks with 23 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings for a 1.579 WHIP and a lofty .311 opponents’ batting common. After profitable his first two begins as a Padre, Wacha has yielded 15 runs on 25 hits in simply 13 1/3 innings.

The 31-year-old veteran is 12-3 lifetime in 24 video games (20 begins) in opposition to the Reds with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.155 WHIP

–Subject Degree Media