Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friedrich, Lamb on a roll entering series opener

June has been kind to the Padres' Christian Friedrich and the Reds' John Lamb, and the two southpaws will be looking to stay hot Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Both Friedrich and Lamb have posted three solid starts this month (with one dud, as well). In Friedrich's case, he struggled against the Nationals in his last time out, allowing six runs in six innings. It came after a stretch in which he had allowed five runs over his previous four outings.
Friedrich has been a revelation for the Padres this year, after being let go by both the Rockies and the Angels during the offseason. He owns a 3.15 ERA over seven starts with a ground-ball rate slightly above 50 percent.
Lamb meanwhile, has allowed just one earned run in three of his past four outings, including an eight-strikeout performance against Houston on Friday, which tied a career high.
Three things to know about this game
• Padres center fielder and leadoff man Jon Jay missed both of the team's games in Baltimore after being hit by a pitch in the right forearm Sunday. He's day to day, but is doubtful to start Thursday's series opener.
• The Padres have won each of their past two series in Cincinnati and haven't lost a season series to the Reds since 2012. But with Thursday's game marking the 400th all-time meeting between these two clubs in Cincinnati, the Reds own a .578 winning percentage in the first 399.
• In his career, Matt Kemp is batting .319/.406/.611 at Great American Ball Park, with nine homers -- the most he's hit at any stadium outside of the National League West.

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