Friday -- Padres 6, D-backs 5; offense shows up but Nuno falters. Saturday -- D-backs 10, Padres 4; Trumbo leads offensive onslaught. Sunday -- RHP Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.23) vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 3.55), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
It's Nuno, not none-o
Every year, it seems, someone labors without much run support. This season it's Vidal Nuno. Nuno has been mostly lights out in his 11 starts for the D-backs, but the offense has not cooperated. He has no victories to show for seven quality starts and a 3.16 ERA. The D-backs have scored 19 runs when he has been on the mound, and the bullpen has blown four saves behind him.
The D-backs are feeling the loss of Paul Goldschmidt and the career-long home run drought of Mark Trumbo more than ever. They scored 21 runs on the recent 10-game road trip, when they were shut out once and scored more than two runs only twice. Trumbo has not homered in his last 106 at-bats, although his 415-foot double to right-center field Thursday in San Francisco would have been out of other parks.
It is not reflected in the record, but the D-backs' starting rotation has held up its end of the bargain recently. The D-backs' six starters -- Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter, Vidal Nuno, Chase Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Randall Delgado -- have given up three runs or fewer in the last 14 games, the longest active streak in the majors the second-longest in franchise history. Nine of those are quality starts. Seattle owns the longest streak in the majors this season at 17.
Manager Bud Black has done a good job keeping San Diego on track in the second half, but that offense ... Even after adding top prospects Cory Spangenberg and Rymer Liriano for late-season looks, the offense is as lackluster as ever. The Padres were shut out three times in the last week and scored only 18 while losing seven of their last eight games entering their last meeting with the D-backs. They are No. 30 in most every production category.