National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (24-29) at San Diego Padres (18-36), 6:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (2-5, 3.96)
San Diego - Eric Stults (1-1, 3.00)
(Sports Network) - Trevor Cahill's May got off to a solid start, but not much
went right for the Arizona right-hander after that.
Cahill looks to win his first game in over a month as the Diamondbacks finish
up a three-game series with the San Diego Padres.
Cahill is 0-3 with a 4.85 earned run average in five outings since he beat the
Nationals on May 1 with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He scattered six hits
and a walk on that day, but was touched for four runs on eight hits in six
frames of a loss at the Giants on Monday.
That dropped the 24-year-old to 2-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 10 starts this season.
Cahill faced the Padres for the first time in his career on April 10, with the
former Oakland hurler making his Arizona debut. Cahill struggled with his
command, walking six over six innings and getting a no-decision in the
Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory.
The Padres will move Eric Stults up to pitch Sunday's finale after designating
Jeff Suppan for assignment on Friday. Stults, though, will still be on regular
rest because of an off day on Thursday.
The 32-year-old lefty has made three starts since being claimed off waivers
from the White Sox and suffered a loss at the Cubs on Tuesday. He was charged
with four runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 frames, not allowing a run
over the first four innings of the outing.
Stults still fell to 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA with the Padres and is 2-0 in four
career meetings with the Diamondbacks, including two starts, despite a 6.59
Arizona took advantage of some gifts from San Diego to win Saturday's meeting
4-2. Gerardo Parra, getting the start in place of the slumping Justin Upton,
scored the go-ahead run on a balk call in the seventh and later added an
insurance run by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
Upton, meanwhile, was given the day off as he is mired in a 3-for-20 skid at
Paul Goldschmidt homered to extend his career-high hitting streak to 11 games
in a row and Daniel Hudson allowed two runs over eight innings in his second
start since returning from a right shoulder injury.
"I was on a pitch count my first time," Hudson said. "To be able to finally
let loose, go out and throw strikes, get early outs, was pretty uplifting for
Diamondbacks had suffered their third loss in four games with Friday's 7-1
setback in the series opener.
Joe Thatcher was called for the balk in the seventh, though he disputed the
"For a tie ballgame in that inning to be decided on a balk call, to me it
wasn't the right thing to do," Thatcher said.
Edinson Volquez gave up two runs on four hits and five walks in a six-inning
start for San Diego, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.
The Diamondbacks have won 13 of their past 19 against the Padres, also taking
two of three at San Diego from April 10-12.
06/03 10:36:44 ET