Found May 02, 2013 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
San Diego Padres
Perhaps a day off was what the Diamondbacks needed to reset after a painful sweep at the hands of the Giants, capped by consecutive blown saves. Despite wins in two of their last three series, the D-backs entered the off day beaten down by the bullpen struggles.
"This is a tough time," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after Wednesday's game. "We've just got to pick ourselves up. The off day will be a good time to come in tomorrow, go to San Diego and move on."
As the D-backs start a six-game West Coast swing, here's a look at where things stand before they meet the Padres.
Pitching matchups: Friday -- LHP Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20). Saturday -- LHP Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.94). Sunday -- RHP Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.78) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (1-3, 6.39).
Who's hot for the D-backs: Saturday starter Patrick Corbin has yet to give up more than two runs in a game. He is one of three pitchers in the majors to open the season with five starts of six innings or more with two runs or fewer allowed. After a lengthy cold spell, shortstop Cliff Pennington's bat might be catching up to his defensive prowess. Pennington is 6 for 13 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI over the past four games. Martin Prado might finally be coming around at the plate; he went 5 for 14 with a home run and double in the Giants series.
Who's not: Catcher Miguel Montero remains mired in a slump, having gone 6 for 44 since his last extra-base hit, a double on April 18. He has two RBI since April 16. Setup man David Hernandez has three blown saves over in a 10-game stretch. All three came against the Giants, including one Wednesday that gave San Francisco a series sweep.
Who's hot for the Padres: Amid a seven-game hitting streak, catcher Nick Hundley is batting .379 (11 for 26) with a .400 on-base percentage, three doubles, two home runs and six RBI. First baseman Yonder Alonso has been hot the Padres' last two series, going 9 for 26 with three doubles, a home run and eight RBI over the seven-game stretch. After a shaky start, closer Huston Street has converted three straight chances and posted four consecutive scoreless outings.
Who's not: Outfielder Carlos Quentin had a home run, two doubles and three RBI against the Cubs on Tuesday but is hitless in four of his last five games, putting him in a 3-for-19 stretch. Saturday starting pitcher Clayton Richard has been rocked his last two times out and is without a win through five starts. In his last two outings combined, Richard has thrown 7 13 innings and allowed 11 runs on 13 hits. ... Outfielder Will Venable is in an 0-for-18 slump, hitless since April 23.
Notes, quotes, odds and ends: The Padres shuffled their bullpen a bit Thursday, sending out left-hander Robbie Erlin and recalling right-hander Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson. Thursday was the D-backs' first off day since April 15. Manager Kirk Gibson said the lengthy stretch played a part in the bullpen's recent woes. Eight of the team's league-high 10 blown saves have come in that stretch. The Padres won 11 of their 18 meetings with the D-backs last season, but the D-backs won five of nine games in San Diego.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The ongoing negotiations between Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres may soon be coming to an end - and they may end in a deal that benefits both sides. After seeming hesitant to sign Headley long-term, the Padres are ready to offer him a big contract. Like all-time big.
Corey Brock of MLB.com says Padres' executive chairman Ron Fowler has given the team's GM Josh...
Padres third baseman Chase Headley says talk of a contract extension has become a distraction.
The slugger says he spoke with team executive chairman Ron Fowler on Friday and explained his position that he didn't want to negotiate during the season.
Says Headley: ''I'm trying to pour water on the fire as much as I can.''
Fowler, head of the ownership group...
The San Diego Padres have recalled right handed pitcher Brad Boxberger from their Triple-A Tucson minor league affiliate. To make room for him on the active parent roster, the Padres have decided to option left handed pitcher Robbie Erlin to Triple-A Tucson. Boxberger is expected to pitch long relief for San Diego.
The post San Diego Padres Recall Brad Boxberger, Option Robbie...
While a lot of folks are eagerly anticipating the planned renovations to the decrepit Wrigley Field — Lance Berkman is probably part of that contingent — some folks with a more of a nose for nostalgia (as it were) aren’t as excited that the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs will be losing some of its trademark and quirky charm through the renovation process.
Among those folks...
SAN DIEGO -- Eleven feet. It might as well have been a mile.
Yonder Alonsos fly ball to deep right-center field Friday would have struck the auxiliary scoreboard and bounded back into play in every game at Petco Park in every year from 2004-12.
After renovations, the ball easily cleared the new fence in front of the Jack Daniels party patio for a two-run home run, a blow that seemed...
The San Diego Padres have recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson before their game Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.
San Diego also optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Triple-A.
Boxberger appeared in 24 games last year for San Diego, going 0-0 with a 2.60 earned-run average. In 10 games with Tucson this season, Boxberger was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Erlin is 0...
Chase Headley is the new kind of baseball free agent.
Technically, he won't be on the market until after the 2014 season. But he's effectively available now.
Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler told U-T San Diego this week that the team would offer Headley a franchise-record contract "before midseason." Great news, except one small detail: Headley told MLB.com...
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Yonder Alonso hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday night for their seventh win in nine games.
With the Padres trailing 3-2, Alonso drove a 2-2 pitch from Miley (2-1) into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 deck in right-center, his fourth. It was unclear whether...
Yonder Alonso hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday night for their seventh win in nine games.
With the Padres trailing 3-2, Alonso drove a 2-2 pitch from Miley (2-1) into the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 deck in right-center, his fourth. It would have been a home run even in Petco...
Yadier Alonso's two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Thursday for a four-game series split.
Travis Wood (2-2) retired his first 14 batters before Kyle Blanks singled, and he led 2-0 when Jesus Guzman reached on an infield single leading...
The other day on our internal message board, the shockingly handsome David Laurila pointed out that the Reds had dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning the other day, and that this had struck him as strange. In exploring the subject further, I found that the practice has not yet evaporated but this there is some hope that it is lessening this season. Or at least, there...