Padres-Diamondbacks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 02, 2012
The San Diego Padres are hoping the momentum they've gained on their current road trip will help them end a long history of struggles in Arizona and the Diamondbacks' recent dominance at home. The Diamondbacks return from a rough trip looking to continue their success at Chase Field while trying to prevent the Padres from a third straight win Monday night. After salvaging a four-game split in Houston, San Diego (30-50) took two of three at Colorado over the weekend to improve to 4-3 on a 10-game trip. The Padres, who were 10-23 on the road before this trek, now head to Arizona, where the Diamondbacks (39-39) have won four in a row and 12 of 14. Though San Diego snapped a seven-game skid at Arizona with a 7-6 win Sept. 11, the Diamondbacks' .686 home winning percentage against the Padres - an 83-38 record all-time - is their best versus any NL opponent. The Padres also dropped four of six at home to begin the 2012 season series. Two of those defeats came in games started by Arizona's Trevor Cahill (6-6, 3.67 ERA), who allowed one run in 15 innings while going 1-0 in those starts. The right-hander, however, hopes to avoid a third straight rough outing Monday. Cahill allowed six runs in six innings June 20 but recorded a fourth straight winning start in a 14-10 victory over Seattle. He wasn't so fortunate after again yielding six - four earned - along with four walks in five-plus innings of a 6-4 loss Wednesday at Atlanta. The Diamondbacks have averaged 8.0 runs while winning 10 of their last 11 at home, but they totaled three runs while losing two straight at Milwaukee to conclude a 2-4 trip. Jason Kubel homered to tie Sunday's game in the eighth inning, but two Arizona errors on a stolen base attempt in the ninth led to a 2-1 loss. "It's a tough way to lose, but that's baseball," said outfielder Gerardo Parra, whose throw to third base trying to cut down Brewers pinch-runner Carlos Gomez bounced into the seats to end the game. Kubel is batting .415 with five homers and 19 RBIs during a 10-game home hitting streak, but he's 3 for 19 versus San Diego this season. Teammate Aaron Hill has batted .431 (22 for 51) and hit for the cycle twice in his last 12 games overall, but he's 2 for 20 against the Padres in 2012 and 1 for 6 in his career against scheduled San Diego starter Clayton Richard (5-8, 3.77). The left-hander allowed a run in 6 2-3 innings June 1 to improve his ERA to 4.45 in five starts against the Diamondbacks. He's 3-0 in those outings even though he didn't get the decision in San Diego's 7-1 victory last month. Richard faced one batter over the minimum in seven innings Wednesday at Houston, but a home run in a 1-0 defeat ended his three-start winning streak. "Baseball is a funny game," Richard said. "Sometimes you pitch well and don't get the results you want. But that just goes to show how much of a team game this is. You have to have everything going to get wins." Chris Denorfia had two hits with an RBI in San Diego's 2-0 win at Colorado on Sunday, going 6 for 11 in that series.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker