National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 24th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (21-25) at Arizona Diamondbacks (26-21), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Eric Stults (4-3, 4.05)
Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (1-3, 4.74)
(Sports Network) - Brandon McCarthy set the bar high his last time out, so the
Arizona Diamondbacks should expect nothing less than another strong outing
Friday in the opener of a three-game series versus the San Diego Padres at
McCarthy tossed a three-hit shutout, his first this season and third of his
career, in Saturday's 1-0 win at Miami. He struck out five and allowed two
walks for his first win of the season, improving to 1-3 in nine chances to go
along with a 4.74 earned run average.
"I was spotty at first," McCarthy said. "As good as I've felt the last few
times, coming out again I just wasn't there, I wasn't sharp, but I had a focus
point that I wanted to get back to. About the second inning on, I was able to
get back to that and at least repeat my delivery and was able to kind of turn
the game over in my favor instead of the first where everything was a little
up and a little too hittable."
The right-hander, who is 0-2 in five starts in the desert, has never faced the
Padres after spending the start of his career in the American League with
stints in Chicago, Texas and Oakland.
Arizona dropped the last two matchups of a three-game series with the Colorado
Rockies and suffered a 4-1 loss in Wednesday's series finale from Coors Field.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill surrendered all four runs in six innings of
work, with Wil Nieves finishing 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the loss.
"(The Rockies) out-executed us offensively," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
"We didn't drive anybody in even though they only had seven hits."
Diamondbacks first basemen Paul Goldschmidt was 0-for-4 against the Rockies,
but is batting .357 with six doubles, seven homers and 18 RBI in 20 games this
The D'backs are tied with Colorado and San Francisco atop the NL West
standings and have lost three of four games since a four-game winning streak.
They are set to play five in a row at home and own a 12-11 record as the host.
San Diego is 4 1/2 games off the pace in the NL West and will hit the road for
five games against Arizona and Seattle. The Padres lost the last two games of
a three-game set to the St. Louis Cardinals and were handed a 5-3 loss on
Wednesday at Petco Park.
Padres rookie hurler Burch Smith for the second time in three career starting
assignments failed to make it through the second inning. He was optioned to
Triple-A Tucson following the game and allowed four runs, three in the first
inning, and five hits in just an inning of work.
"Whenever you do have a bad outing, the doubts start creeping in. I know that
I'm better than that and I'm not going to let it affect me," Smith said.
Jedd Gyorko homered and Alexi Amarista added two hits and two RBI in the loss.
San Diego had won three in a row and five of seven until losing back-to-back
The Padres aim to bounce back with Eric Stults on the hill Friday. San Diego
is 4-1 in Stults' last five starts and recorded a 2-1 win Saturday versus
Washington. Stults cruised through eight innings in that one and allowed only
a run and four hits, pushing his season mark to 4-3 in nine starts with a 4.05
Stults has prevailed in two of his past three outings and is 3-2 with a 4.36
ERA in seven career meetings (5 starts) with the Diamondbacks.
San Diego took two of three games versus Arizona at home from May 3-5,
including a 5-1 victory in the series finale. The Padres won 11 of the 18
meetings last season.
05/24 10:41:38 ET