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Game 115 Preview: 08/12 Padres vs. Reds

After clinching the series last night behind rookie Colin Rea, the Padres turn to veteran and staff ace, James Shields, to help them secure a sweep.

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The Padres locked up the series last night with an 11-6 win over the Reds, a nice welcome gift for Colin Rea in his MLB debut. Today it'll be veteran James Shields on the hill to close out the three-game set and hopefully get some of that run support too.

Shields didn't pitch in the last series between these two teams, and he only has one prior career appearance against the Reds. He took the loss in that start after going seven innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits, including a home run.

After starting his 2015 season with a 7-0 record, Shields' luck has seemingly run out. In his last 12 starts, he is 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA. In that span he has given up nine home runs. Although that seems like a lot, it's an improvement over his first 12 games of the season when he combined for 15 home runs allowed.

The last time Shields took the mound, he gave up three home runs to the Phillies. Thankfully they were all solo shots and otherwise Shields was pretty sharp, but it wasn't a good look. During his 6-2/3-inning performance, he gave up only six hits total and issued one walk, and he collected eight strikeouts along the way.

While Shields tries to keep the ball in the yard, the Friars will try to get him some run support with a good showing at the plate against Raisel Iglesias. The Reds starter made his Major League debut in April of this year, and has appeared 11 times total (10 starts) for them. He had one of his best performances his last time out, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings against the Diamondbacks, but the offense gave him no run support so he was credited with a loss. Overall this season he is 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA.

Game time: 12:40 pm PT
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860

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