Padres-Diamondbacks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 23, 2013
Runs have been difficult to come by for the Arizona Diamondbacks lately, but their starting pitchers - especially Brandon McCarthy - have been on top of their game. McCarthy takes the mound Friday night when Arizona seeks its fourth victory in five tries against the visiting San Diego Padres and both teams look to avoid a third straight loss. The Diamondbacks (26-21) have scored two runs or fewer seven times while going 5-6 over the last 11 games, including Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Colorado. They went 3-3 on their road trip, scoring 12 runs over the last five. "We had three games we scored some runs and the other three we didn't at all," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It seemed like a longer road trip than it was. "I felt we didn't have as much energy as we've had in the past. It's going to happen. Time for an off day." Arizona's starters, though, posted a 2.25 ERA during the trip and have a 2.37 ERA over their last 14. The team's 3.32 ERA ranks among the best in the majors, and McCarthy (1-3, 4.74 ERA) has helped improve that mark lately. He picked up his first win as a member of the Diamondbacks on Saturday, pitching a three-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Miami. It was his second straight solid outing after pitching eight scoreless innings in a 4-2, 10-inning loss to Philadelphia on May 12. "It's nice to know that that's something that I can start looking toward, that I can get deeper into games," said McCarthy, who had a 6.75 ERA through his first seven starts. "The win part, I don't care. It's a win for us, which is the only thing I care about. My numbers and stats are really inconsequential." The right-hander has never faced the Padres (21-25), who have averaged 5.9 runs while winning eight of 10 meetings in Arizona. San Diego lost the final two of a three-game series with St. Louis, falling 5-3 on Wednesday. Jedd Gyorko hit a 438-foot solo homer and is batting .433 over his last eight games. The rookie infielder went 6 for 12 with a two-run homer as San Diego took two of three from the visiting Diamondbacks from May 3-5. Chase Headley had a hit in each game of that series as part of a 13-game hitting streak, but he's hit .205 in 12 contests since that run ended May 10. The offense hopes to provide some support for Eric Stults (4-3, 4.05), who looks to continue his hot stretch. Stults is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA over his last three outings after giving up one run and four hits in eight innings of a 2-1 win over Washington on Saturday. He hadn't pitched that deep into a game since tossing a four-hitter to beat San Francisco 8-0 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9, 2009. "I'm not the guy who threw 93 miles per hour like I used to be, but the hitters in this league are good," Stults told the team's official website. "I used to be pretty predictable, throwing a fastball and changeup. When you have four pitches, you can do a lot more." The left-hander has been solid in five starts versus Arizona, going 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill wants more freedom

Cam Newton: ‘I’m on record as being a sore loser’

‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

Steve Spurrier says he should have retired after 2014 season

Joe Namath: Jets should take a look at Colin Kaepernick

Aqib Talib intentionally committed facemask during SB

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Knicks have ‘real chance’ at Russell Westbrook

No. 1 Villanova reaches new heights under Jay Wright

Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would it be smart for the Broncos to franchise Von Miller?

Ten storylines to watch heading into spring training

Seahawks release awesome Marshawn Lynch tribute video

WATCH: Alleged LeSean McCoy fight video surfaces

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

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

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

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