National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 4th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (32-50) at Arizona Diamondbacks (39-41), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jason Marquis (1-4, 3.06)
Arizona - Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.20)
(Sports Network) - Jason Marquis has thrown well enough since joining San
Diego to have won a few games, but his club's bats haven't been able to lend a
lot of help.
Marquis hopes for better synergy tonight between offense and pitching as the
Padres go for their first ever three-game road sweep of the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander began the season with the Twins and went 2-4 with an 8.47
earned run average through seven starts before getting released. He signed a
minor league contract with the Padres and made his first start with them on
June 7, an 8-3 loss to the Giants.
In five total starts with San Diego, Marquis has posted a 3.06 ERA but just a
1-4 record. That is in part because the Padres have scored just eight runs in
his outings and his only win came in a 1-0 defeat of the Mariners on June 13.
The 33-year-old didn't pitch well last time out, allowing six runs -- five
earned -- on six hits over six innings at the Rockies on Sunday to take a 10-2
"He pitched better than his line indicated," Padres manager Bud Black said.
"They bunched some hits there when they got their runs ... The extra-base hits
was sort of his undoing."
Marquis made three starts for the Diamondbacks last season after getting dealt
to them by the Nationals, going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA. Lifetime against Arizona
he is 2-7 with a 4.20 ERA.
He'll look to pitch the Padres to a fifth straight win tonight and their first
ever sweep in Arizona. Victories in the first two games of this set have San
Diego in position for its first sweep of the Diamondbacks since July 16-18,
2010 at home.
The Diamondbacks had won four of six over the Padres entering this series and
the clubs are concluding their first set in Arizona this season. San Diego has
already secured its first series win at Chase Field since taking two of three
from May 25-27, 2009.
The Padres did so with a 9-5 win last night. Chase Headley hit a three-run
double and San Diego scored seven times off Arizona rookie starter Trevor
Yonder Alonso picked up two hits, including a two-run home run for the Padres,
who are on their longest winning streak of the season.
"We strung together some at-bats," Black said. "We made [Bauer] work today. He
had a tremendous first inning, but after that I thought we started seeing the
ball a little better. It looked as if his control was a little bit spotty, but
that's not unexpected for a young guy making his first home start. But I
thought overall we saw the ball better the second time through the lineup. You
saw the results."
The 21-year-old Bauer, one of the Diamondbacks' top prospects and the third
overall pick in the 2011 draft, allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on six
hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and
three walks in four innings before leaving his MLB debut at Atlanta June 28
with a strained groin.
"He didn't make good pitches," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Bauer. "We
know he has great stuff but we are going to try and refine some things so he
can have more success the next time out."
Jason Kubel hit a grand slam and Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with an RBI for
the Diamondbacks, who have lost four straight despite homering a single-season
club record 14th straight game.
Ian Kennedy hopes the homers keep coming for the Diamondbacks tonight as he
goes after a second straight victory. He won for the first time in for starts
on Sunday, holding the Brewers to three runs -- one earned -- on six hits and
a walk over seven frames of a 9-3 win. The righty also struck out seven.
Kennedy will try to even his season record tonight after going 21-4 in 33
starts last season. Through 16 outings in 2012, he is 6-7 with a 4.20 ERA.
The 27-year-old is perfect in his career when facing the Padres. He beat them
in San Diego on April 12, allowing a run over six innings while fanning nine,
and moved to 6-0 with a 1.95 ERA in eight career meetings.
07/04 10:31:33 ET