Our Padres got back in the win column last night with a powerful 9-5 win to keep hope alive for a series split at Busch Stadium. And today they'll try to make that split come to fruition in the finale of the four-game set.
Odrisamer Despaigne will take the mound, looking to build on a fantastic effort his last time out. In a victory over the Rockies, Despaigne threw seven shutout frames while collecting a season-high eight strikeouts. It was even more impressive considering he had just come off a three-game stretch in which he went 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA. One of those losses was a 5 2/3-inning appearance against the Cardinals that saw him give up a season-high six runs on nine hits.
While Despaigne looks to do a 180 from his previous start against St. Louis, Adam Wainwright will try to keep doing what he's always done at home against the Padres, which is to dominate. The righty is 5-2 in seven starts all-time against the Friars. All five of those wins have come at Busch Stadium, where he's posted a career 0.84 ERA versus San Diego.
With these two teams coming off a rain-delayed game 3 that kept them at the ballpark well past 11pm local time last night, they'll be working on short rest in the finale. Tune in at 11:15 PT this morning as they complete their season series.