National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, July 19th
(All times eastern)
Houston Astros (34-58) at San Diego Padres (38-55), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Lucas Harrell (7-6, 4.43)
San Diego - Edinson Volquez (5-7, 3.69)
(Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres have been scoring runs at a rapid pace
lately and target a series victory tonight versus the Houston Astros in the
finale of a four-game set from Petco Park.
The Padres have scored seven or more runs in four of their last five games and
recorded an 8-4 win over the Astros Wednesday afternoon. Yonder Alonso drove
in three runs in a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, Chris Denorfia added two RBI
and Chase Headley was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Clayton Richard bumped his record to 7-10 in the start for San Diego and
allowed four runs in 8 1/3 innings. Huston Street later notched his 15th save
by getting the final out of the game.
"Clayton had a great day," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He set the tone."
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin returned from a two-game absence because of a
sore left knee and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Outfielder Cameron Maybin
was a late scratch with a sore right wrist and is day-to-day. Denorfia played
center field in Maybin's absence for the Padres, winners in two straight and
four of five contests.
Edinson Volquez draws the start for the Padres tonight and he has won three of
his last four decisions. He has recorded back-to-back no-decisions and last
toed the rubber in a 7-6 win at Los Angeles on Saturday, when he was reached
for four runs and eight hits in five innings.
Volquez, who is 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts, has fared very well in his
career against Houston, going 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA in seven starts.
The Padres will host Colorado for three games over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 1-5 on a 10-game road trip and fell to 10-37 away
from Minute Maid Park this season.
Wandy Rodriguez was saddled with the loss on Wednesday and allowed five runs
in four innings of work. He saw his National League-leading streak of 48
consecutive starts of at least five innings come to an end.
Rodriguez's five-inning streak was the third-longest active run in the major
leagues behind the Yankees' CC Sabathia (76 games) and the Tigers' Justin
Verlander (71 games).
Matt Downs hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a solo blast in the
ninth for the Astros, who have lost 15 of their last 17 games.
"I don't know if I've done that since little league. I've never hit a multi-
homer game. It is a great accomplishment, I guess, for me, but still we lost,"
The Astros also will visit Arizona for three games on this road trip and hope
Lucas Harrell can pitch the ballclub to a series split tonight. Harrell has
posted consecutive no-decisions and previously pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss
at San Francisco, as he hurled five innings of one-run ball.
Harrell, a right-hander, is 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 18 starts this season and
faced San Diego for the first time in his career in June 27 in a 1-0 win. He
posted his first career shutout and complete game in that one, and allowed six
hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
San Diego leads the season series with Houston by a 4-3 margin and has won
seven of the past 10 matchups between the two clubs.
07/19 11:05:59 ET
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