National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 13
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (46-73) at San Diego Padres (56-62), 6:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Tyler Matzek (2-7, 5.32)
San Diego - Ian Kennedy (8-10, 3.51)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres have been on a roll of late and
will shoot for a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies Wednesday at Petco
The Padres have won four in a row and 10 of their last 13 games. They took
Monday's series opener with Colorado by a 4-3 score, then posted a 4-1 triumph
last night behind rookie pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.
Despaigne fired seven shutout innings, scattered five hits, struck out eight
batters and walked two to bounce back from some rough starts.
"He was really sharp today with his off-speed pitches," said San Diego manager
Bud Black about Despaigne. "But pitchers have to base their games off their
fastballs and he did a really good job with that today."
Chris Nelson drove in two runs, while Abraham Almonte and Alexi Amarista each
had an RBI. Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso left Tuesday's game with a
right forearm strain and is expected to have an MRI.
San Diego, which will begin a 10-game road trip Thursday against St. Louis,
Los Angeles and Arizona, hopes Ian Kennedy can pull off the sweep when he
takes the mound this evening. Kennedy is 8-10 with a 3.51 ERA and suffered a
loss his last time out in a 2-1 defeat at Pittsburgh on Friday. Kennedy was
reached for two runs -- one earned -- in six innings.
Kennedy has made 17 career starts against the Rockies, going 4-4 with a 2.77
ERA, and is 3-5 in 12 road assignments. The right-hander and former All-Star
is 1-1 in two starts against Colorado this season.
Colorado has lost 13 of its last 16 games and is only 1-4 on its six-game road
trip. The Rockies were led by two hits apiece from Justin Morneau and Corey
Dickerson in Tuesday's loss. Morneau had his sixth consecutive multi-hit game.
Yohan Flande got the start for the Rockies and fell to 0-5 after he permitted
two runs in six innings of work.
"We had a couple of opportunities early," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We
didn't get the big hit. You have to play a clean game, especially here, where
it's always going to be tough to score runs."
The Rockies will return to Coors Field after tonight's game to host
Cincinnati, Kansas City and Miami.
Taking the mound for Colorado Wednesday will be Tyler Matzek, who is just 2-7
with a 5.32 earned run average, Matzek has lost three straight starts and
allowed three runs in five innings of a 5-3 loss at Arizona on Friday.
Matzek is 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in seven road games (6 starts) and lost to the
Padres back on July 7 in a 6-1 defeat. He was reached for five runs and eight
hits in six innings with four walks and four K's.
Colorado and San Diego have split 12 meetings this season.
08/13 10:48:31 ET