National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, August 16th (All times eastern)
San Diego Padres (52-67) at Atlanta Braves (68-49), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jason Marquis (8-10, 5.05) Atlanta - Kris Medlen (3-1, 2.28)
(Sports Network) - Veteran right-hander Jason Marquis can keep a personal run of success alive against a former team tonight, when the San Diego Padres head back to Turner Field to close out a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
Marquis, who turns 34 next week, was a supplemental draft choice of the Braves in 1996 and was with them for his first four seasons in the big leagues - going 14-15 from 2000 through 2003.
He's since pitched with seven more teams and won as many as 15 games with St. Louis in 2004 and Colorado in 2009.
The Manhasset, N.Y. native began 2012 with Minnesota and won twice in seven appearances, but was granted free agency in May and signed the following day with the Padres, for whom he's made 13 starts and has won five of his last six.
The most recent outing on Aug. 11 yielded his best performance of the season, a complete-game gem at Pittsburgh in which he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four in a 5-0 downing of the Pirates.
Marquis is 3-4 lifetime against the Braves with a 7.27 earned run average in 43 1/3 innings.
He'll be opposed by reliever-turned-starter Kris Medlen, who'll begin his fourth straight game after entering from the bullpen 38 times.
The 26-year-old from California was 1-1 with a save and a 2.48 ERA before his initial start of the season on July 31, which ended in a 7-1 defeat of Miami in which Medlen allowed four hits and a run in five innings.
He allowed a single run in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Houston in start No. 2, then picked up another win on Aug. 11 at New York when he limited the Mets to a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 9-3 defeat of the Mets.
Medlen, who entered the season with nine major-league wins since debuting in 2009, is 0-2 with a hold in four career relief appearances against the Padres.
In Wednesday's third game, Dan Uggla belted a three-run homer, Paul Maholm tossed seven effective innings and the Braves topped the Padres, 6-1.
Jason Heyward contributed a two-run double and Martin Prado collected three hits for Atlanta, which has won five of its last seven games.
"It's good to keep winning, bottom line," Heyward said.
Maholm (11-7) held San Diego to five hits, walked three and struck out seven. Logan Forsythe's home run was the southpaw's lone blemish.
The struggles continued for San Diego's Edinson Volquez (7-9), who was tagged for six runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He has now given up 21 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last four outings.
"I used to go deep in the game and now in the last three starts it's kind of short. I'm going to fix it," Volquez said.
This is the first series between the teams in 2012. San Diego won five of nine games against Atlanta in 2011, while the Braves were 4-2 series winners in 2010.
08/16 10:47:16 ET