The Padres opened up the four-game series against the Diamondbacks with a solid 4-1 win last night. They'll try to secure at least a series split tonight as Tyson Ross takes on Wade Miley in game 2.
Both of Ross' previous starts against the Dbacks occured this season, but they had very different outcomes. On July 28th, he kept Arizona to only three hits in eight shutout innings to earn the win. But less than a month later on August 26th, he was tagged for six runs in six innings of work. Ross is coming off a decent outing against the Pirates that resulted in a no-decision. He gave up two runs on three hits through seven innings. It was a much-needed rebound performance after his prior outing against the Phillies, when he surrendered six runs and left the game before recording the third out in the 1st inning.
While Ross looks to keep the Padres in the win column, Wade Miley will try to put his past struggles with San Diego behind him. The lefty is 0-4 with a 5.82 ERA in four starts against the Friars this season alone, and 1-6 with a 5.96 ERA all time. His most recent against them, however, was a solid one. He lasted seven frames and gave up only two of the Padres' five runs that night, but got only one run of support from the Dbacks' offense. He's also pitched well in his last three outings, limiting his opponents to three runs or fewer while pitching at least five innings in each.
Catch the first pitch at 7:10 tonight and see if the Padres can build off last night's win.