The Reds have been struggling offensively of late, but they scored twice as many runs Friday as they did in their previous three games combined. Most importantly, the team got contributions on offense from players not named Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips. Ryan Hanigan and Todd Frazier each hit a two-run homer and Zack Cozart belted a first-inning solo home run.
"We have some other guys that will hopefully pick it up here in the second half," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "They're struggling in that department."
Richard will be tasked with keeping those other guys in check on Saturday. Since May 15, the Padres lefty is 5-3 with a 2.58 ERA over his last 10 starts, and San Diego is 6-4 in those games. During that time Richard has lowered his overall ERA from 5.32 to 3.64.
He is coming off one of his best outings of the season, falling one out shy of a complete game against the D-backs on Monday. He gave up just two runs on eight hits and one walk as he notched his sixth win of the season.
"Baseball's a funny game," Richard said recently. "Sometimes you pitch well and you don't get the results you want. Sometimes you pitch poorly. It just goes to show how much of a team game this is. You have to have everything going to get wins, and that's sometimes tough to do."
Reds: Rolen could return to lineup Saturday
Third baseman Scott Rolen, who has been out of the lineup since June 29 with lower-back spasms, could return to the starting lineup against the Padres on Saturday. Rolen took batting practice, fielded grounders and ran without issue prior to Friday's game.
"It's possible," Baker said of Rolen being in the lineup Saturday.
Right-hander Homer Bailey will toe the rubber in Saturday. He is 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five career starts against the Padres and is coming off an eight-inning outing against the Dodgers during which he gave up two runs on five hits.
Padres: Cashner expected to miss at least a month
An MRI on Friday confirmed that pitcher Andrew Cashner has a strained right lat muscle that he incurred Tuesday against the D-backs while warming up for the third inning.
Cashner is currently on the disabled list, and San Diego does not have a timetable for his return, though it could be at least a month before he is reinstated.
Manager Bud Black announced Friday that Jason Marquis will start Sunday's series finale on three days' rest. Marquis pitched Wednesday, giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs doubled in the ninth inning Friday, snapping a 0-for-32 hitless streak. He was 0-for-4 on Friday prior to the ninth-inning knock.