San Diego (53-68) at Cincinnati (59-61)

Cloudy Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 61° F
  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sun Aug 14, 2011
  • TV: Ch4, FSOH
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Thanks to a barrage of home runs, the Cincinnati Reds are in position for their first three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park.

Seeking a season high-tying fifth straight win, the Reds wrap up their season series with the Padres on Sunday.

After hitting one homer in Friday’s 5-3 win, Cincinnati (59-61) exploded for seven in a 13-1 rout Saturday.

Miguel Cairo(notes) - playing the 1,397th game of his major league career - recorded his first multihomer game, and Ryan Hanigan(notes) also went deep twice. Jay Bruce(notes) homered for the fourth time in six games, and Joey Votto(notes) and Todd Frazier(notes) left the yard as well.

“That was like a Little League game,” Frazier said. “…That was a fun game tonight.”

Cincinnati, which has taken four of five from San Diego, leads the NL with 138 homers.

San Diego (53-68) had allowed eight home runs through the first eight contests of its 10-game road trip. The seven given up Saturday matched a franchise record, last done Sept. 18. 2006, at Dodger Stadium. The Reds’ 13-run outburst also raised San Diego’s ERA on its trip by just over a run to 5.59.

“We don’t have those,” manager Bud Black said of the poor pitching performance. “Over 162 games, you’re going to have ‘em, but the Padres don’t have many of them at all. Our pitching is just too good.”

The Reds haven’t swept the Padres in Cincinnati since Aug. 9-11, 2002, at Cinergy Field. San Diego, meanwhile, will try to finish its trip 5-5 before opening a seven-game homestand Monday night against the New York Mets.

After starter Tim Stauffer(notes) yielded five homers in three innings Saturday, San Diego’s Wade LeBlanc(notes) - who’s served up one homer in 27 2-3 innings - will make his sixth start of the season.

LeBlanc (0-2, 4.55 ERA) was in line for his first win after giving up two runs over six solid innings against the Mets on Tuesday, but the bullpen couldn’t preserve the lead in a 5-4 Padres loss.

In his only career appearance against the Reds, LeBlanc gave up three hits in six innings of a 5-0 win April 24, 2010, in Cincinnati.

The Reds’ Dontrelle Willis(notes) (0-2, 3.41) will face San Diego for the first time since May 4, 2007, when he was with Florida.

The left-hander is still in search of his first win since April 29, 2010, with Detroit. In six starts during his latest comeback, Willis has given up 14 runs and 35 hits in 37 innings.

Willis lasted eight innings Tuesday against Colorado for his longest outing in nearly four years. He was reached for three runs and five hits while striking out 10, and hit a run-scoring triple, but Cincinnati lost 3-2.

Willis is batting .400 on the season and has gotten one hit in each of his six starts. It’s the longest hitting streak by a Reds pitcher since Jose Rijo’s eight-game run in 1993.

Orlando Hudson(notes) is 5 for 15 with a homer in his career against Willis. The Padres second baseman is 2 for 6 with a run and an RBI in this series after being held out two games against the Mets with a groin injury.

The Reds are expected to have second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes) back in the starting lineup after he missed four games with a sore elbow from being hit by a pitch.

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W. LeBlanc LAA vs. D. Willis Mil
5-6 Record 1-6
4.63 ERA 5.00
51 K 57
28 BB 37
1.41 WHIP 1.52


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