National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 26th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (58-70) at Arizona Diamondbacks (64-63), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Edinson Volquez (8-9, 4.18)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.86)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Edinson Volquez can get back to .500 for the
first time since late July when the San Diego Padres visit the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series at Chase Field.
Volquez, in his first season with the Padres after four with Cincinnati, was
2-2 in mid-May before dropping four straight decisions. He climbed back to 7-7
after beating the Reds on July 30, but fell back to 7-9 before a 3-1 decision
over Pittsburgh in his last start Aug. 20.
In that game, the Dominican allowed a run on five hits - with 10 strikeouts -
in 6 2/3 innings.
He picked up 17 of his 41 career major-league wins in his first season with
Cincinnati in 2008, after he was acquired from Texas for Josh Hamilton.
In five starts against Arizona, he's 0-1 with a 4.15 earned run average.
The Diamondbacks had pegged Joe Saunders to start Sunday's finale, but the
left-hander was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the day for reliever
Instead, Arizona will rely on righty Trevor Cahill, who is winless in his last
four starts and 9-10 on the year with a 3.86 ERA. Cahill did not get a
decision on Tuesday against Miami, as he surrendered four runs and seven hits
in 5 1/3 innings.
He is 1-1 in three starts against the Padres with a 1.29 ERA.
On Saturday, Clayton Richard pitched eight innings and San Diego matched a
season-high with its sixth straight win, 9-3. Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin
and Yonder Alonso homered off Ian Kennedy, as the Padres won their sixth in a
row at Chase Field.
Richard (11-12) gave up seven hits and three runs, including a pair of homers.
The lefty has won four of his last five starts, and has pitched at least eight
innings in three of those games. He's 5-0 in seven career games against the
Justin Upton, who celebrated his 25th birthday, hit a two-run inside-the-park
homer for Arizona. Aaron Hill also went deep for the Diamondbacks, who will
try to avoid the three-game sweep Sunday.
Kennedy (11-11) allowed four hits and six runs over 5 1/3 innings to lose for
the first time in seven career decisions against the Padres.
San Diego won five of the initial nine games between the teams in 2012,
including a three-game sweep in Phoenix from July 2-4. Arizona won the series
last year, 11-7.
08/26 12:25:56 ET