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Padres Game 56 Preview: Volquez v. Ortiz

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

After last night's win, the Padres are tied 4-4 in the all-time series against Toronto. They'll be going for the lead with Edinson Volquez on the hill opposing Ramon Ortiz.

Ramon Ortiz has been around the block. After debuting in 1999 and spending six years as a starter with the Angels, Ortiz has gone on to pitch for seven other teams, usually in a swingman role. He has gotten into six games, three of which were starts, with the Blue Jays this season after spending all of last season in AAA. He has given up an earned run in all of his appearances, culminating in a 1-2 record and 5.01 ERA.

Over the years Ortiz has faced a few of the Padres hitters. Seems interesting that Bud would bury Will at number eight, all things considered, but I guess he knows what he's doing.

  1. Everth Cabrera - 2-4, 2B
  2. Alexi Amarista - first time facing
  3. Chase Headley - 1-5, K
  4. Carlos Quentin - FTF
  5. Yasmani Grandal - FTF
  6. Mark Kotsay - 2-9, 2B, BB, K
  7. Jedd Gyorko - FTF
  8. Will Venable - 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
  9. Edinson Volquez - FTF

Don't you hate those cocky gyorks who say "I don't repeat myself"? They're all liars; you know they say that all the time. Well, I'm not one of them- especially if I've had a couple of appletinis- and to prove it I'm going to repeat what I said the last time Volquez started:

After an uncharacteristic five game stretch of relative competence, Edinson Volquez has, as the old saying goes, gotten his ass handed to him his past two starts. He allowed five earned runs in six innings against the Nationals and then five more in five innings against the Cardinals, taking the loss in both. His 3-5 record with a 5.76 ERA mark him as a good candidate to get his proverbial face kicked in but since he's facing the Mariners, who knows?

Sure enough, the unpredictable veteran threw 7.2 innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits and picking up the win while proving once and for all that all I know is that I don't know.

Eddie has faced two-thirds of Toronto's starting lineup. He's been largely successful, striking out each of them at least once.

  1. Melky Cabrera - 1-8, RBI, K
  2. Jose Bautista - 2-6, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  3. Edwin Encarnacion - FTF
  4. Adam Lind - 1-5, K
  5. J.P. Arencibia - FTF
  6. Colby Rasmus - 2-10, 2B, RBI, 3 K
  7. Cesar Izturis - 0-5, BB, K
  8. Munenori Kawasaki - 0-3, 2 K
  9. Ramon Ortiz - FTF

Go Padres! Take the all-time lead!

Current Series

Padres lead the series 2-0

Fri 05/31 WP: Clayton Richard (1 - 5)
LP: Todd Redmond (0 - 1)
4 - 3 win
Sat 06/01 WP: Robbie Erlin (1 - 0)
SV: Luke Gregerson
LP: Mark Buehrle (2 - 4)
4 - 3 win

Toronto Blue Jays
@ San Diego Padres

Sunday, Jun 2, 2013, 7:10 PM PDT
Petco Park

Ramon Ortiz vs Edinson Volquez

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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