National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 6th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (10-22) at San Diego Padres (13-18), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.23)
San Diego - Andrew Cashner (1-2, 4.24)
(Sports Network) - Miami's offense came to life in a big way on Sunday, and
the Marlins will look to keep it going on Monday when they begin a three-game
series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
While both teams are in last place in their respective divisions, Miami closed
out the weekend with back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia Phillies to split
their four-game series.
After blanking the Phillies, 2-0, on Saturday, Miami's offense exploded for a
14-2 win in Sunday's series finale. Justin Ruggiano belted two home runs and
Adeiny Hechavarria needed only two at-bats to tie a franchise record with
seven RBI. The 14 runs marked the team's highest scoring output since a 16-10
triumph over Washington late in the 2010 season.
"To keep adding on, not only for the score, but for our guys, to stay hungry
and to keep grinding out at-bats and keep putting the pressure on, that's what
we needed," manager Mike Redmond said. "For guys to go up and be a little
greedy and take advantage was good to see."
Meanwhile, San Diego is seeking its fourth win in five games after topping
Arizona on Sunday, 5-1. Edinson Volquez allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings
to notch his third straight win. Back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning
from Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable turned a one-run game into a four-run
For San Diego, right-hander Andrew Cashner is making his fourth start since
moving from the bullpen into the rotation. Against the Cubs last week, Cashner
lasted only four innings after giving up four runs on six hits. He also walked
"It's finding a secondary pitch he can throw any time, especially when he's
having trouble commanding his fastball," catcher John Baker said of how
Cashner can improve. "Once he does figure out what pitch that's going to be,
it's developing the confidence to use it."
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc takes the hill for Miami and will face the team that
drafted him in the second round in 2006. LeBlanc, who was traded to the
Marlins after the 2011 season, will make his first start as a visitor in San
Diego, where he played four seasons.
"I am very thankful for the shots that they gave me," LeBlanc said. "I was
fortunate to come up with guys like Trevor Hoffman, Jake Peavy was still
there, and Chris Young. There were a lot of guys there with a lot of years in
the big leagues -- Matt Stairs, David Eckstein. They were great guys who
really taught you how to go about the game."
LeBlanc has allowed four runs or less in all but one of his six starts this
season, yet he is still in search of his first win.
Miami won five of six head-to-head meetings last season, including all three
at Petco Park.
05/06 10:41:07 ET