Mired in their longest losing stretch of the season, the NL
West-leading San Diego Padres are not about to panic.
The visiting Padres look to avoid a seventh consecutive loss and
being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
San Diego’s skid began with an 11-5 loss to Arizona on Thursday
and continued with a 7-4 defeat at Chase Field on Tuesday.
“You are going to have streaks like this,” Tuesday’s loser Kevin
Correia said. “It is coming at a bad time but we still have a lot
Despite their recent struggles, the Padres (76-55) remain
confident with a four-game lead over San Francisco in the West.
“These guys have a good perspective on things,” manager Bud
Black told the Padres’ official website. “We’re in a position now
that we’d rather be in than the alternative.”
The Padres continue to play poorly in Arizona, losing 12 of 17
at Chase Field since the start of last season.
Nick Hundley had three hits and two RBIs, but San Diego could
not hold an early two-run lead over last-place Arizona (54-79),
which won five of six to conclude August with a 16-13 record.
“The goal is to finish strong and make it hard on the other
teams,” said Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, who had two hits
and two RBIs on Tuesday.
The Padres likely need shortstop Miguel Tejada to contribute
after going 0 for 5 on Tuesday. He is 4 for 25 in the last six
Though San Diego starting pitchers rank among the best in the
majors with a 3.66 ERA, they have allowed 29 runs in 31 2-3 innings
during their six-game skid.
Scheduled starter Mat Latos (13-5, 2.29 ERA) looks to change
Latos has given up four runs and struck out 31 in 26 innings
while going 2-0 in his last four starts. The right-hander allowed
one run in seven innings of a 3-2, 12-inning loss to Philadelphia
on Friday, the 13th straight start he’s yielded two or fewer
“He’s throwing the ball great,” Black said. “It’s consistently
happening from start to start. He’s stringing together some
outstanding pitched games.”
In his only previous appearance against the Diamondbacks, Latos
allowed two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings of a
10-1 win at Arizona on Aug. 8.
Opposing a potential ace like Latos should not be intimidating
for Arizona rookie Barry Enright (5-2, 2.44) as he makes his first
appearance against the Padres.
The right-hander has outpitched All-Star game starter Ubaldo
Jimenez and two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Tim
Lincecum while giving up one run in 13 2-3 innings to win his past
two outings. Enright allowed six hits in seven innings of a 6-0 win
at San Francisco on Friday to improve to is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in
his last eight starts.
“He has shown before that he handles that type of pressure very
well,” manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks’ official
After homering twice in Arizona’s 7-2 win Monday, Mark Reynolds
hit a two-run shot Tuesday. The third baseman is 4 for 6 with seven
RBIs in the series. He has hit six of his 32 home runs this season
versus San Diego.