Back on the winning track and with a deeper bullpen following
the trade deadline, the Cincinnati Reds appear primed for a strong
The Reds seek a second straight victory and 12th in 13 games
Wednesday night when they play the third of four against the
visiting San Diego Padres.
Jonathan Broxton is expected to be in uniform for this contest
after the Reds (62-41) acquired him from Kansas City on Tuesday for
two minor leaguers. Broxton has 107 career saves, including 23 in
27 chances this season for the Royals, but will fill a set-up role
in Cincinnati with Aroldis Chapman currently dominating as the
“It gives us another power arm in the bullpen,” manager Dusty
Baker said. “You can always use more pitching. You never know
what’s going to happen.”
The Padres (44-61) are all too familiar with Broxton, whose 17
saves – in 17 opportunities – against them while with the Los
Angeles Dodgers remain his most versus any opponent.
San Diego didn’t fare any better Tuesday against Chapman, who
retired the side in order in the ninth inning to convert his 14th
consecutive save chance in Cincinnati’s 7-6 victory. Ryan Ludwick
homered, singled and had four RBIs for the Reds, who bounced back
after having their 10-game winning streak snapped with an 11-5
defeat in Monday’s series opener.
The NL Central leaders finished July with a 19-7 record, and
improved to 12-3 while first baseman Joey Votto has been recovering
from knee surgery. Ludwick is batting .356 with five homers during
those 15 games.
“He’s got his swagger back,” Baker said. “He’s feeling it. You
need somebody hot in the middle of your lineup.”
Cincinnati is averaging exactly seven runs in its last four
games, and may have a good chance to keep the strong offense going
Wednesday with Kip Wells (2-3, 3.82 ERA) set to take the ball for
San Diego. The right-handed journeyman, who didn’t make it back to
the majors until June this season after the Reds released him in
April 2010, is 2-11 with a 4.95 ERA in his career versus
Wells didn’t pitch poorly against the Reds at home July 6,
yielding three runs in six-plus innings, but got charged with a 6-0
loss as Bronson Arroyo (6-6, 3.76) pitched a three-hitter.
Arroyo, who will oppose Wells again Wednesday, is now seeking
his first three-game winning streak since June 13-25, 2011. After
beating Milwaukee to notch his first home win of the season July
21, Arroyo scattered six hits and didn’t walk a batter over 6 2-3
innings of Friday’s 3-0 victory at Colorado.
The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in his last six
Wells is also coming off a solid outing, having allowed two runs
in six innings of a 7-2 win Friday at Miami.
Losers of three of four and well outside of the playoff race,
the Padres opted to stand pat at the trade deadline rather than
deal away any of their veteran talent.
“You get tired of hearing about it and you want to have
closure,” San Diego third baseman Chase Headley, who had been the
subject of trade rumors, told the team’s official website. “Now …
at least you know where you’re going to be.”
Headley has two hits and five walks through the first two games
of this series, but is 3 for 18 with six strikeouts and no walks