The San Diego Padres did not fare too well on their seven-game road trip. They’re hoping a return to Qualcomm Stadium can help them improve the National League’s worst record.
The Padres kick off a 13-game homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
San Diego went 1-6 on its road trip, including three losses in Milwaukee, and has lost 11 of 12 overall.
“It’s more frustrating than disappointing,” Padres pitcher Adam Eaton said after Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. “We’re going out there competing every day, giving our all. It’s just right now things are not even coming close to going our way.”
At 14-37, San Diego is in a virtual tie with Detroit for the worst record in the major leagues. The Tigers are 13-36—percentage points behind the Padres.
San Diego will look to improve on their mark against Brewers starter Wayne Franklin.
The 29-year-old left-hander had his best outing of the season against the Padres on Wednesday, tossing a two-hitter in Milwaukee’s 10-0 rout.
Franklin, who had struggled early in the season, credited his last two good starts to pitching coach Mike Maddux.
“We worked on my hands, keep them back and letting my front side get out there. It’s just like hitting, you keep your hands back and you’ve got all your power back there. It helps your command at the same time,” Franklin said. “Something little, and it paid off.”
The Brewers begin a nine-game road trip after losing three straight to the Los Angeles Dodgers at home.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 10 GB, NL Central. Padres - 5th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL West.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Franklin (3-4, 5.61 ERA). Franklin has allowed just two runs over 15 innings in his last two starts. Wednesday’s complete-game victory was also Franklin’s first career start against the Padres.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (4-4, 4.35 ERA). After starting the season 4-1, Peavy has lost his last three decisions. On Wednesday, he went 5 1-3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits in the Padres’ 10-0 loss to the Brewers. That was the 21-year-old right-hander’s first-ever start against Milwaukee.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Alex Sanchez, .282 avg.; Richie Sexson, 15 HRs and 38 runs; Geoff Jenkins, 35 RBIs; Eric Young, 13 SBs. Padres - Rondell White, .287 avg. and 29 RBIs; White and Ryan Klesko, 9 HRs; Xavier Nady, 28 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 3-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - The Brewers optioned LHP John Foster to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. LHP Valerio De Los Santos, who has been on the disabled list since April 27 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, will rejoin the team Tuesday. … SS Royce Clayton is hitting .126 (15-for-119) since April 15. … RHP Jayson Durocher pitched one inning at Indianapolis in a rehabilitation assignment Sunday, giving up one hit with two strikeouts. He is on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Padres - Manager Bruce Bochy said OF Jason Bay will be out at least six weeks with a broken right wrist. Bay was injured in just his third major league game when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. … 3B Sean Burroughs is hitting .353 over his last 20 games to raise his average from .167 to .267. … LF White batted .421 (8-for-19) on San Diego’s seven-game trip.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 8-13 on the road; Padres - 7-16 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - OF Jeffrey Hammonds (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP De Los Santos (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Durocher (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Padres - OF Mark Kotsay (back), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (rib cage), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jay Witasick (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.