Florida manager Jack McKeon looks to make it three straight wins as the Marlins take on the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.
“We’ve been playing on adrenaline,” Hollandsworth said. “It has been tough. We have a long year ahead and we have to play well for the man in charge.”
The 72-year-old McKeon was hired Sunday after Jeff Torborg was fired. The Marlins beat the Rockies 7-2 in McKeon’s debut.
“Those guys deserve the credit,” said McKeon after beating one of his former employers. “I’ve got nothing to do with it. I just try to stay out of the way.”
McKeon spent 11 seasons with the Padres, from 1980-90. He was their GM when they made their first World Series appearance in 1984, and their manager from 1988-90.
Luis Castillo had three hits to help his new manager out on Monday. Florida’s second baseman has been sensational over the last three games, hitting .692 (9-for-13) to raise his batting average to a team-leading .331.
San Diego out hit Florida 12-10, but left 12 men on base.
“We’ve got to get some clutch hits,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “To leave 12 men on base and get one run, that’s hard to do.”
San Diego’s run came in the sixth on Sean Burroughs’ sacrifice fly.
Monday’s loss leaves the Padres only 2 1/2 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for the worst record in the majors. San Diego has lost 13 of 15 to secure the NL’s worst record.
The Padres have struggled to beat the Marlins, losing six of seven match ups dating back to last season.
STANDINGS: Marlins - 4th place (tied), 9 GB, NL East. Padres - 5th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL West.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Brad Penny (2-2, 3.92 ERA). Despite his winning drought, Penny has hit his stride, allowing three runs or fewer in five straight starts. Penny failed to earn a decision his last time out. He held San Francisco to two runs and four hits over seven innings, but Marlins offense stalled in a 3-2 loss to the Giants on Thursday.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Lawrence (2-4, 5.09 ERA). The Padres right-hander has lost four straight decisions. Lawrence was roughed up for 10 runs in 2 2-3 innings as the Padres lost to the Montreal Expos 12-5 on Thursday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Castillo, .331 avg.; Mike Lowell, 10 HRs, 29 RBIs and 23 runs; Juan Pierre, 17 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .280 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 9 HRs and 27 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez, 21 runs and 5 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - OF Todd Hollandsworth is 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs against Lawrence. … Florida has four of the top five base stealers in the NL. OF Pierre leads the majors with 17 SBs. … RHP Penny is winless in four starts, going 0-1 with a 3.04 ERA over that span. Padres - OF Rondell White had four hits Monday to raise his average 22 points to .256. White’s four-hit performance ended an 0-for-7 streak. … San Diego has scored the second fewest runs in the NL. The Padres have 146 runs, one more than the Pittsburgh Pirates. … 1B Klesko has 17 home runs in 84 career games against Florida.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 7-12 on the road; Padres - 6-11 at home.
INJURIES: Marlins - OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Mark Redman (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL. Padres - C Gary Bennett (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Adam Eaton (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Jay Witasick (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.