Arizona in action against San Diego following Kelly’s solid showing
San Diego; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Merrill Kelly. Kelly went seven innings, giving up zero runs on two hits with nine strikeouts against San Diego.
The Padres are 30-38 against NL West opponents. San Diego ranks last in the National League in hitting with a .239 batting average. Eric Hosmer leads the club with an average of .273.
The Diamondbacks are 34-37 against NL West Division opponents. Arizona hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .320 this season, led by Ketel Marte with a mark of .387. The Diamondbacks won the last meeting 9-0. Merrill Kelly earned his 12th victory and Josh Rojas went 1-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for Arizona. Eric Lauer took his 10th loss for San Diego.
LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 2-8, .195 batting average, 5.57 ERA, outscored by 25 runs
Diamondbacks: 4-6, .218 batting average, 4.24 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
Padres Injuries: Adam Warren: (forearm), Robert Stock: (bicep), Jacob Nix: (elbow), Adrian Morejon: (shoulder), Aaron Loup: (elbow), Brett Kennedy: (shoulder), Carl Edwards Jr.: (shoulder), Miguel Diaz: (knee), Jose Castillo: (finger), Franchy Cordero: (quad), Fernando Tatis Jr.: (back), Ian Kinsler: (neck).