The last time the San Diego Padres sent Jason Marquis to the
mound, Zack Greinke was starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the ballyhooed incident that cost the Dodgers one of their
best pitchers for eight weeks, Chris Capuano is slated to get the
call opposite Marquis in the middle game of this series between the
NL West rivals Tuesday night.
Marquis (0-1, 3.27 ERA) gave up two runs in the opening inning
against Los Angeles (7-6) on Thursday before tossing four scoreless
and leaving while not getting a decision in a 3-2 defeat. An inning
after his exit, Greinke would leave under stranger
The right-hander plunked Carlos Quentin, touching off a
bench-clearing brawl that resulted in a broken left collarbone for
the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Quentin was suspended eight games, but dropped his appeal and
will miss this entire series, which started without incident as San
Diego (3-10) beat Los Angeles 6-3 on Monday.
“I don’t think there was anything brewing before this game,”
Padres manager Bud Black said. “We put this behind us. A solid
baseball game was played by both sides.”
The Dodgers will now turn to Capuano after the veteran
left-hander made both of his appearances this season out of the
bullpen, and coincidentally against San Diego, including one as
Greinke’s immediate replacement.
He has held the Padres to two hits with four strikeouts in 2 2-3
scoreless innings, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 career games
– 11 starts – against them.
“Obviously, he’s not going to throw 120 (pitches),” Dodgers
manager Don Mattingly said. “But he’s been a guy who’s made the
most of the situation with his routine and jumping right in and
staying on top of things and keeping sharp, and both times it
It also seems Capuano isn’t going to stir up emotions from last
“Donnie said it best, our focus is on winning ballgames,” he
said. “That’s the best revenge. We’re not out here trying to start
fights or hurt anyone. Everyone understands the game, we want to be
Matt Kemp was at the center of the brawl and confronted Quentin
after the game, but he’s been much more effective against the
Padres at the plate. The center fielder is hitting .390 over his
last 19 meetings with them after getting two hits Monday.
Kemp, though, is 3 for 20 with six strikeouts against Marquis,
who has dropped three of his last four road starts against Los
Angeles behind a 4.95 ERA.
Marquis will have to contend with Carl Crawford, who is 8 for 18
with a triple, a homer, two RBIs and five runs in four season
meetings with San Diego.
Chase Headley is nearing a return to the Padres after starting
the season on the disabled list due to a broken left thumb. The
third baseman was San Diego’s biggest threat at the plate last
year, hitting .286 with career highs of 31 homers and 115 RBIs.
“He’s close (to returning),” Black told the team’s official
website. “We don’t know when. He’s got to feel comfortable where he
Headley surely feels comfortable at Chavez Ravine, where he’s a
career .333 hitter in 38 visits. He’s also 4 for 10 with a homer