Tonight our Padres look to clinch the series and extend their win streak to three in game 2 against the Pirates. Jason Marquis will take the hill and hopes to have the same success that he saw 10 days ago in Pittsburgh. He flirted with a no-no as he shut out the Pirates in a two-hit complete game at PNC Park to earn his 13th career win against the club. His last start wasn't as pretty, however. He gave up six runs on on eight hits (three home runs) and four walks in just 4 2/3 innings of work against the Braves. A win tonight would put Marquis at .500 (7-7) in 15 starts as a Padres pitcher.
A.J. Burnett will get another chance against our Padres as he toes the rubber for Pittsburgh tonight. His last try, in that same game against Marquis, did not go as smoothly as he had hoped. He surrendered five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, earning his first home loss of the season and ending a four-game win streak. He comes into tonight's contest with a 1-5 all-time record against San Diego, but will seek his 16th win of the season, a total that hasn't been matched by a Pirates pitcher in 21 years.
Unfortunately for Burnett, however, our Padres just seem to have the Pirates' number. In the last six years, we have gone 14-6 against the Pirates at home. Over the last 19 games, we are 16-3 and have outscored Pittsburgh 122-67.
The bane of Pittsburgh's lineup lately has been the strikeout. Last night, they whiffed 13 times to bring their strikeout total in August to a major-league-worst 163. Andrew McCutchen has struck out nine times in his last three games and has gone 3-for-18 in that span. He'll try to fare better tonight than he has in the past against San Diego. He's hitting a career .206 with no home runs against our Friars.
Padres lead the series 1-0
WP: Edinson Volquez (8 - 9)
SV: Dale Thayer
LP: Kevin Correia (9 - 8)
|3 - 1 win
|3:35 PM PDT