The Padres were beaten 5-0 by Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks on Friday. San Diego has been outscored 23-9 during its losing streak, but has come up against some of the best starters in the league.
On Wednesday, the Padres managed four earned runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings against Los Angeles’ Kazuhisa Ishii, falling 11-4. The following night, they got three earned runs and six hits in five innings off Hideo Nomo in a 7-5 defeat.
“Their team seems to be a bit more aggressive,” Johnson said Friday of the Padres. “Throwing strikes was big for me because they were putting the ball in play. That was one reason that I had the stamina that I had—because I didn’t labor.”
The Padres will face promising young right-hander Brandon Webb on Saturday. Webb went 10-9 with a strong 2.84 ERA last season while helping hold together a rotation that lost Johnson and Curt Schilling to injuries for parts of the year.
In two starts this season, Webb has allowed just three earned runs and 12 hits over 12 innings.
He gave up three runs—two earned—and seven hits over six innings in the Diamondbacks’ 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday, but escaped without a decision.