Despite allowing four runs in his first career start, Reds rookie Cody Reed has a lot to be confident about as he makes his home debut against right-hander Colin Rea and the Padres on Friday at Great American Ball Park.
Reed worked seven innings against the Astros on Saturday, but the four runs he allowed came on two home runs in his first and last innings. Reed gave up a two-run shot to Marwin Gonzalez before recording his first career out, but settled down, limiting Houston to three hits over his next five innings. Even after giving up the two-run shot in the seventh, Reed settled down to strike out two of his final three batters before being lifted.
Rea has had an up-and-down stretch over his last few starts. He's coming off one of his better outings of the season -- 6 1/3 innings and giving up two runs (one earned) in a no-decision against the Nationals. Before that outing, Rea had arguably his worst start of the season, allowing eight runs (six earned) over 2 2/3 innings.
Rea has some history against the Reds, having made his MLB debut against them last season. While he was solid, yielding three runs over five innings, he did allow Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips to go a combined 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored.
Things to know about this game • Friday kicks off weekend ceremonies honoring Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine. At 6:30 p.m. ET, 20 members of the 1976 World Series championship team will be honored during a pregame ceremony. The Reds will also be wearing their '76 throwbacks.
• The Padres remain without outfielder Jon Jay, who hasn't played since being hit by a pitch on Sunday. Jay is still experiencing some soreness, although manager Andy Green seemed hopeful that Jay might be able to suit up for one or two games of this series.
• Reds first baseman Votto was out of the lineup again on Thursday with a stomach bug, but he took ground balls before the game and did some running. Votto entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and struck out.