Our Padres were so close last night, but in the end they couldn't pull it off. But that's just how it goes sometimes and we are certainly used to having winning streaks cut short after just two consecutive wins. Tonight the boys will try to start a new winning streak as they take on the Cardinals in game 2 and try to even up the series.
Edinson Volquez has the task of getting our Padres back in the win column tonight. Unfortunately he hasn't had much success against the Cardinals in his career. He pitched five games against them as a member of the Reds and has an 0-3 record. He is also coming off one if his worst pitching performances of the year. On Thursday against the Dodgers at home, he managed to strike out six batters, but it wasn't very helpful as he also gave up five runs (a season high) on seven hits and three walks. He will be looking to redeem himself against St. Louis and help the team avoid a losing streak.
Pitching opposite Volquez will be Adam Wainwright, who missed last season due to elbow surgery and still hasn't quite found his stride on the mound. Over his last two starts, combining for 10 innings, he gave up a total of 10 runs on 15 hits and 9 walks. So he, too, will be looking to redeem himself tonight. He, however, has fared better in his career against our Padres than Volquez against the Cards. In three starts against San Diego, he has gone 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA.
Wainwright will have to watch out for Yonder Alonso, who has been hot the past month. He has hit safely in his last four consecutive games and in 20 of his last 23. Also, Everth Cabrera has gone 2-3 with a double in his career against Wainwright and Will Venable has gone 4-7 with a double. Venable has also been pretty hot lately, batting .333 with six extra-base hits in his last 12 games.
Padres lineup 5/22: Venable 9, Maybin 8, Alonso 3, Guzman 7, Baker 2, Amarista 4, Cabrera 6, Parrino 5Volquez 1— Andy Masur (@PadsCast) May 22, 2012
Let's see if Volquez can bounce back from his last start and keep the hope of a series win alive.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!