National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, September 20th
(All times eastern)
San Diego Padres (71-78) at Arizona Diamondbacks (74-74), 3:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Clayton Richard (13-12, 3.74)
Arizona - Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 5.55)
(Sports Network) - Clayton Richard aims to win his fifth consecutive decision
on Thursday when the San Diego Padres close out a three-game series with the
Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Richard might not have a problem staying in the win column, as he is a
brilliant 5-0 lifetime versus the Diamondbacks with a 3.80 ERA in seven
The left-hander celebrated his 29th birthday with a win over the St. Louis
Cardinals his last time out on Sept. 12, as he surrendered two runs and three
hits in seven innings to run his record to 13-12 on the year to go along with
a 3.74 ERA.
"It's exciting when you're winning and playing good baseball," said Richard.
Arizona, meanwhile, will counter with 21-year-old lefty Tyler Skaggs, who is
1-2 with a 5.55 ERA. Skaggs lost to San Francisco on Friday, allowing five
runs and five hits in only four innings.
Since allowing only five combined runs over his first three major league
starts, Skaggs has given up 10 runs in his last two outings, tossing just
seven innings in the process.
"It's unacceptable on my part the last two outings," Skaggs said. "It's almost
Skaggs surrendered five runs to the Padres in just three innings two starts
On Wednesday, Justin Upton finished with a pair of doubles and scored twice,
while Trevor Cahill pitched six solid frames, as Arizona rolled to a 6-2 win.
Cahill (12-11) yielded two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four
walks to win his third straight. Adam Eaton had a run-scoring triple for the
Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and remain 4 1/2 games behind St.
Louis for the second wild card berth in the National League.
"He (Cahill) certainly gave us the innings we were looking for," Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson said.
Edinson Volquez (10-11) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits with
five strikeouts over six frames. John Baker finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for
the Padres, who have dropped two in a row.
San Diego is 10-7 against Arizona this season, going 6-2 at Chase Field. The
Padres had won seven straight in the desert before dropping the first two
games of this set.
09/20 10:21:05 ET