National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 14th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (37-29) at San Diego Padres (32-34), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (3-7, 4.02)
San Diego - Eric Stults (5-5, 3.53)
(Sports Network) - Don't expect Run-D.M.C.'s hit single "Walk This Way" to
play through the speakers of Petco Park with Eric Stults set to take the mound
on Friday night.
Not with the control the veteran left-hander has displayed this season, an
attribute Stults will look to flash in the opener of a three-game set against
the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Stults has walked two or fewer in all but one of his 13 starts this season and
has not issued a free pass in 22 straight innings spanning his last three
starts. That helped him win for the first time in his last four outings on
Saturday as he picked up a 4-2 victory in Colorado.
The 33-year-old has gone at least seven innings in three straight and four of
his last five starts, logging seven versus the Rockies. Stults was charged
with two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits, moving to 5-5 on the season with
a 3.53 earned run average.
"There have been a lot of starts like that as of late from Eric," said Padres
manager Bud Black told his team's website afterwards.
Stults is 3-3 with a 4.58 ERA in eight career meetings with Arizona, including
six starts. He fell to .500 against them with a road loss on May 24, yielding
four runs over 6 1/3 frames.
Stults will try to extend San Diego's current momentum, which features a
victory in six of the last eight games. The Padres finished off their first
sweep of the Atlanta Braves in eight years with Wednesday's 5-3 win to close
out a three-game set.
"They're a really good team and a solid organization," Black said of the
Braves. "So to win three games, it's a huge pat on the back for our guys."
Chris Denorfia and Logan Forsythe both drove in two runs and Edinson Volquez
rebounded from a rough outing his last time out to the hold the Braves to a
run over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks hope that Trevor Cahill can straighten himself out in a
similar way tonight.
Cahill has lost three straight decisions and each of his last two starts. The
right-hander allowed five runs over five innings in a loss at St. Louis on
June 3, then logged a season-low 3 2/3 frames in a 10-5 setback to the San
Francisco Giants on Saturday. He gave up a season-high eight runs as well as
"It's the ups and downs of a season. We'll try to get him straightened around
for his next start," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't have a
lot of movement on his sinker. He didn't have good stuff."
Cahill, 25, fell to 3-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 13 starts this season and will face
the Padres for the first time in 2013. He is 2-2 against them in his career
over five starts with a solid 2.64 ERA.
Arizona had lost four of six, including Tuesday's brawl-marred setback to the
Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks, though, rebounded to win the three-game
set with Wednesday's 8-6 victory in 12 innings.
Martin Prado began a four-run top of the 12th for Arizona with a run-scoring
ground-run double, while Cliff Pennington drove in a run with a single and
Gerardo Parra plated two with a base hit in the frame.
Josh Collmenter pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win before handing
the ball over to Heath Bell, who made the game closer than the D'backs would
Bell gave up a leadoff homer to Ramon Hernandez and later yielded a run-
scoring ground out before putting the tying run on base with a walk. However,
he got pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz to hit into a game-ending fielder's choice.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin surrendered four runs on eight hits in his
shortest outing of the season, lasting just five frames. After winning seven
straight decisions, Corbin hasn't been able to reach the 10-win mark with no-
decisions in his last two starts.
"I felt alright," Corbin said. "My job as a starter is to keep us in the game
but I wish I could have gone longer. The main thing is we got the win."
Arizona and San Diego have split six meetings this season.
06/14 10:40:31 ET