Friday -- D-backs 5, Padres 1; Collmenter dominated San Diego. Saturday -- D-backs 5, Padres 2; Gregorius homer salvages Nuno gem. Sunday -- RHP Chase Anderson (7-5, 3.71) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (11-9, 3.72), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
With all the talk about the young middle infield depth in the organization, it seems as if handy Cliff Pennington was inadvertently overlooked. Since returning on Aug. 6 after missing about 10 weeks with a fractured thumb, Pennington has played well on both sides of the ball. He is hitting .341 with three extra base hits, three stolen bases and starts at three spots -- second base (three), shortstop (three) and third base (four).
In a drought
The D-backs will look to rediscover their offense in their return to Chase Field. It's been a struggle without Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup, and the recent road trip was Exhibit A. The D-backs scored 21 runs in 10 games and were 9 for 57 (.158) with runners in scoring position in losing eight of 10 in Cleveland, Miami and Washington. They scored multiple runs in five of 96 innings and were walked off five times.
The starting rotation has fallen into a respectable groove recently, and the rotation held up its end on the 2-8 road trip with six quality starts; the group allowed more than three runs just twice. Trevor Cahill and Wade Miley made two quality starts apiece, and Vidal Nuno gave up three earned runs in 12-2/3 innings. It is not their fault the D-backs enter an eight-game homestand on a season-high six-game losing streak.
No 'O' in offense
No longer are the Padres on pace to have the worst batting average in the modern era. A July flurry saw to that. But they remain offensively challenged. They are last in the majors in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. We know Petco Park is a pitchers' park, but this is getting ridiculous. The Padres have 418 runs, 61 fewer than the No. 29 Cubs. Their team OPS is .638.