Cincinnati (8-3) at San Diego (4-6)

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  • Game info: 6:35 pm EDT Wed Apr 13, 2011
  • TV: FSOH, Ch4
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The Cincinnati Reds are one of the best hitting teams in baseball, and their success at the plate has them on the verge of their first sweep at Petco Park in almost six years.

Drew Stubbs(notes) has found the pitcher-friendly stadium to be rather accommodating.

Stubbs and the Reds look to complete their road trip with a third straight win when they face the sputtering Padres on Wednesday.

Cincinnati (8-3) is either leading or near the top of the majors in most offensive categories, including average (.294), homers (14), runs (72), on-base percentage (.363), slugging (.453) and hitting with runners in scoring position (.320).

That success at the plate was exhibited during a six-run 11th inning Tuesday, as the Reds went on to win 8-2 after rallying for a 3-2 victory a night earlier.

Cincinnati, 3-10 against San Diego over the last two seasons, last swept the Padres (4-6) during a three-game series at Petco from July 29-31, 2005.

Stubbs may play a part in matching that feat.

The center fielder had two hits Tuesday, including a three-run homer in the 11th to finish with four RBIs - matching his total from the previous 10 games. He had been 1 for 17 over the previous five games, but could be in for another big offensive effort.

Stubbs is hitting .333 with two homers and five RBIs in five career games at San Diego, collecting at least one hit in each of the four games where he had an at-bat.

While Stubbs tries to build on Tuesday’s performance, the Reds’ staff would like to continue showing its own improvement. The pitchers have a collective 4.27 ERA, but have limited the Padres to 11 hits in this series, with the bullpen giving up one run and seven hits in eight innings.

Travis Wood(notes) (1-1, 5.25 ERA) takes the mound trying to win for just the second time in eight starts.

The left-hander is 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA over his last seven games dating back to his rookie season last year. He turned in his worst outing of that stretch Friday, getting tagged for six runs and seven hits in five-plus innings of a 13-2 loss at Arizona.

Wood’s only meeting with the Padres resulted in a 4-3 road loss Sept. 25, as he allowed three runs in seven innings while not getting a decision.

San Diego, which has a .213 average this season, has dropped five of six while being held to four runs or fewer in each of the losses. The club’s struggles at the plate were clear Tuesday, when they went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left the bases loaded in the ninth.

“We need to get one or two hits to get everyone going,” third baseman Chase Headley(notes) said. “Right now, we’re having a hard time in doing that, and that magnifies everything.”

The Padres will give the ball to Tim Stauffer(notes) (0-1, 5.06), who will try to lower the highest ERA of any San Diego starter.

The right-hander labored through his most recent start last Wednesday, giving up four runs with eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-4 loss to San Francisco.

“I just didn’t feel real sharp overall,” said Stauffer, who is 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA over eight starts since being moved into the rotation in September.

Stauffer has thrived versus the Reds, going 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in four games. He’s won his only two starts against them behind a 2.08 ERA.

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Starting Pitchers

T. Wood ChC vs. T. Stauffer NYM
6-6 Record 9-12
4.84 ERA 3.73
76 K 128
40 BB 53
1.49 WHIP 1.25


Wednesday, Apr 13