Despite a great outing by Mat Latos, the Padres were unable to come away victorious last night. Today, Tim Stauffer will take on the task of shutting down the red-hot Diamondbacks and keeping the hope alive for a series split. He has gone 1-4 in his last six starts while racking up an ERA of 7.92. Before that, he had gone 6-4 with a 197 ERA over eleven starts. Stauffer has pitched more innings this year than he has in previous years, and his recent struggles may be a result of his increased work load. But hopefully he can overcome those struggles and pitch a much-needed quality start.
On the hill for Arizona will be southpaw Wade Miley in just his fifth major league start. He's had an impressive start to his career, going 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA. His only loss came in his major league debut, and since then he has struck out 13 batters while giving up only four earned runs and posting a1.89 ERA. But he has had tons of help from the Diamondbacks offense, who have scored 8, 9, and 10 runs in his last three starts.
The Padres have lost their last five straight games against the Dbacks and eight of their last nine. They started the season winning three of their first four, but have since struggled against the NL West leaders. We certainly haven't been helping the Giants by dropping the first two games of this series, which is an upside, but an even bigger upside would be to see our guys get hits, score runs, and celebrate a win.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!! RUIN EVERYTHING!!
#Padres lineup vs. #Dbacks: Maybin 8, Bartlett 6, Guzman 3, Blanks 7, Denorfia 9, Darnell 5, Martinez 2, Gonzalez 4, Stauffer 1.
#Padres Orlando Hudson gets a second day off. He's in a 0-for-27 slump. Hasn't had a hit since a home run on Aug. 30 against the Dodgers.