Looking to record a fourth straight strong start, Volquez tries to help the first-place Reds win their fifth in a row and continue their recent dominance of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
In his sixth start since coming back from Tommy John surgery July 17, Volquez (3-1, 4.25 ERA) allowed a run and struck out six in six innings of a 7-2 win over Florida on Friday. The right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his last three outings.
“Every time I pitch, I feel like I’m getting into a better rhythm and keeping us in the game,” Volquez said.
In his only appearance against the Diamondbacks, Volquez gave up two runs, walked six and struck out eight in six innings of a 3-2, 10-inning win at Arizona on Sept. 13, 2008.
He’ll try to be more efficient this time as the Reds (68-51) go for a fourth straight win against Arizona after opening a nine-game western trip with a 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Cincinnati has won 14 of 17 over the Diamondbacks and outscored them 37-14 during a six-game winning streak at Arizona.
After being swept in a three-game home set by St. Louis last week, the Reds’ four consecutive wins have them two games up on the Cardinals in the NL Central.
Janish has batted .302 with eight RBIs in his last 12 games.
Lopez, 0-4 with a 6.69 ERA in his last six starts, allowed seven runs in five innings of an 8-4 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday.
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 6.32 ERA in four starts against the Reds.
“If you are going to beat a team like this you need to do those things,” Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson said of his club’s missed opportunities.
Johnson has gone 4 for 10 with two homers in his last three games but is 1 for 7 with a double and four strikeouts against Volquez.