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Saturday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (23-29) at San Diego Padres (18-35), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Daniel Hudson (1-1, 5.48)
San Diego - Edinson Volquez (2-5, 3.46)
(Sports Network) - The Padres have given starter Edinson Volquez almost zero
help over his current three-game losing streak, but the right-hander didn't do
himself very many favors last time out.
Volquez hopes to find the win column this evening as San Diego continues a
three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Padres have scored only one run in Volquez's past three outings since his
last win on May 12, getting shut out in each of his last two trips to the
hill. With little room for error, Volquez gave up two runs in the first inning
of a 2-0 setback to the Mets on Sunday, yielding five hits with three walks
and two wild pitches over the outing.
"I was a little bit all over in the first inning. Then I fixed my mechanics
and came back and pitched better," said the right-handed Volquez, who is 2-5
with a 3.46 earned run average in 11 starts this season.
Volquez's second start with the Padres after being acquired in the offseason
was against the Diamondbacks and he did not get a decision in a 4-2 loss
despite giving up just two runs over seven innings with a still season-high
Daniel Hudson will make his fifth start of the season and second since
returning from a right shoulder injury for the Diamondbacks this evening.
In his first outing since April 18, the 25-year-old lasted five innings versus
the Brewers on Sunday and did not get a decision in a 4-3 victory. He allowed
two runs on six hits and a walk while working his way back into game shape.
"Overall I felt good. I kind of lost command there towards the end, but we got
the win so that's the important part," said Hudson.
Hudson is 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA this season and in five meetings with the Padres
is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA.
San Diego's bats have shown some life over the past few games as they plated
at least six runs for the third time in four games in last night's opener.
This time it resulted in a 7-1 win and snapped the Padres' six-game losing
Jesus Guzman followed Alexi Amarista's bunt single with a two-run homer that
ignited a six-run eighth inning. It was Guzman's first homer of the season and
helped get hosting San Diego on track following a 1-9 road trip.
"[Guzman] was due to do something big," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "We
saw it a lot last year."
Cameron Maybin had two hits, including an RBI triple, and Carlos Quentin also
drove in a run in the eighth inning, making him 8-for-16 with three homers and
seven RBI in four games since missing San Diego's first 49 games while
recovering from right knee surgery.
Paul Goldschmidt and Willie Bloomquist each had a pair of hits for Arizona,
which lost for the third time in four games. Goldschmidt is hitting .429 over
a career-high 10-game hitting streak.
Wade Miley (6-2) gave up four runs on six hits with no walks through 7 1/3
innings to take the loss.
"Things happened quick there in the eighth," said Bloomquist.
The Diamondbacks have won 12 of their past 18 against the Padres, also taking
two of three at San Diego from April 10-12.
06/02 10:37:48 ET