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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, September 1 (All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (57-79) at San Diego Padres (64-71), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (3-9, 4.98) San Diego - Tyson Ross (12-12, 2.64)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Want to continue momentum, send your top pitcher to the mound.
The San Diego Padres will follow that simple formula on Monday afternoon when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first-test of a four-game series at Petco Park.
Ross has established a franchise record with 13 straight outings in which he's pitched at least six innings and given up three or fewer earned runs.
In his last outing on Tuesday, Ross allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in a 4-1 defeat of the Milwaukee Brewers, continuing a run of home dominance that's seen him win four decisions and post a 1.05 earned run average in his last five starts.
In his last seven starts at Petco, he's given up just eight earned runs and won four of six decisions while striking out 47 batters and allowing zero home runs in 48 1/3 innings.
In his 13 straight quality starts, he's 6-6 with a 1.96 ERA.
"He's growing into one of those pitchers in all of baseball where other players, others coaches, other managers are talking about Tyson as a guy that is becoming a force in National League pitching," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That's a good thing because you have to do that over period of time to get that chatter about you."
In three home starts against Arizona, he's 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA. The Padres have scored just five runs in those games.
Arizona has lost six in a row on the road while averaging 1.8 runs per game.
Starter Trevor Cahill was 2-0 in his initial four starts in August before he was dinged for eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings of a 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
In four starts in San Diego, he's split two decisions with a 1.71 ERA.
On Sunday in Arizona, Aaron Hill went 3-for-4, finishing a homer shy of the cycle, with two RBI and two runs scored as the Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-2, in the rubber match of a three-game set. Nolan Reimold hit his first homer as a member of the D-backs, while Mark Trumbo and Jordan Pacheco each knocked in a run.
Chase Anderson (8-6) got the win after tossing six innings of one-run ball with a career high-tying eight strikeouts.
In San Diego, Hyun-Jin Ryu came back to pitch seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez had four hits for the first time this season and the Dodgers rolled to a 7-1 win over the Padres in the finale of a three-game series.
The Dodgers banged out 12 hits to avoid being swept by the Padres in San Diego for the first time in almost four years. The Padres had won each of their last three games with walk-off hits in extra innings. The Dodgers scored five runs in the last two innings Sunday to end that run and San Diego's four-game winning streak.
Eric Stults (6-15) took the loss after surrendering two runs on five hits in six innings.
Arizona has won eight of tis 12 matchups with the Padres this season.
09/01 10:31:58 ET
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