The Padres finally ended a season-long six-game losing streak last night when they took the first of the three-game set against the Reds. They'll try to turn the victory into a winning streak tonight as they send 25-year-old Colin Rea to the mound to make his major league debut.
Rea takes the spot of Odrisamer Despaigne in the rotation, with Despaigne moving to the bullpen. Rea has split time between Double-A San Antonio Missions and Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. He went 3-2 with a 1.08 ERA in 12 starts for the Missions before being promoted in early July. Rea hasn't been as sharp against Triple-A opponents, going 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in six starts with the Chihuahuas so far. But he made a good impression a month ago with his appearance in the MLB Futures Game as the only representative from the Padres organization. He pitched the final 2/3 of the 9th inning to close out the USA's 10-1 win over the World team, recording a groundout and a strikeout. According to Padres interim manager, Pat Murphy, Rea won't be on a pitch count tonight.
The Reds have now lost four straight at Petco Park and five of their last six games overall. They'll give the ball to yet another rookie, Michael Lorenzen, tonight in hopes of evening up the series. Lorenzen made his major league debut on April 29th and has gone 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA on the season. Lorenzen is on a seven-game winless streak dating back to June 27th. In that stretch, he is 0-5 with a 6.95 ERA. The rookie is making his second start against the Padres after facing them in Cincinnati on June 6th. He didn't get a decision in that appearance after allowing three earned runs in six innings of work.
Game time: 7:10 pm PT
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
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