Young will try again for his first career win against the Dodgers when the teams wrap up their weekend series on Sunday night.
Young (1-0, 2.13 ERA) went 11-5 with a 3.46 ERA last year to emerge as the Padres’ No. 2 starter. The right-hander put up even better numbers in five starts against the Dodgers, allowing only 16 hits and nine runs over 30 1-3 innings but went 0-1.
Young was the victim of some bad breaks against the Dodgers, but had his share of success on the road in 2006, going 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA away from Petco Park. He has made 25 straight road starts without suffering a loss to tie the longest streak in major league history, according to the Padres’ official Web site.
Young’s last road loss came on June 20, 2005, when he pitched for Texas. Since then, he’s gone 9-0 with a 3.14 ERA.
“Honestly … had I lost one of those starts between now and then, we wouldn’t be talking about it,” Young said. “I really attribute a lot of it to luck.”
Young will look to extend his streak as the Padres (7-4) try to win another series at Dodger Stadium. San Diego went 7-2 there in 2006, and are 1-1 this year.
The Padres bounced back from a 9-1 blowout loss in the opener with a 7-2 win on Saturday. San Diego scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by Kevin Kouzmanoff’s two-run home run—the fourth homer of his career and first with the Padres.
“I think 1-through-8, we’re pretty solid and we have the capability of putting up big innings,” said Kouzmanoff, acquired in a trade that sent second baseman Josh Barfield to Cleveland. “We went into this game pretty confident that we were going to get the sticks going and we came out ready to swing.”
Brian Giles went 2-for-5 with his first home run of 2007 and Marcus Giles had an RBI single in the Padres’ big second inning as the brothers each extended their hitting streaks to four games. They’re batting a combined .310 (27-for-87) this season.
The Dodgers (7-4) had their three-game win streak snapped as Jason Schmidt, who signed a three-year, $47 million contract in December, struggled for the second consecutive start. The Dodgers’ only two losses in their last nine games have come in Schmidt’s two starts.
The Dodgers will send Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.75) to the mound Sunday. In his last start, Wolf gave up one run and three hits over six innings to earn the win in the Dodgers’ 10-4 victory against San Francisco last Sunday. He hasn’t faced the Padres since 2003, when he went 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA versus them.
San Diego’s Jose Cruz Jr., a former Dodger, is 4-for-10 with two doubles in his career against Wolf.
Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, who is 3-for-9 in two games since coming off the DL with an ankle injury, is batting .118 (2-for-17) against Young.
The Dodgers will honor the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut with all team members wearing his No. 42—retired league-wide in 1997.
“Jackie Robinson was a Dodger,” said Jamie McCourt, the club’s president and vice chairman. “And the most fitting tribute the Dodgers can pay to him is for the entire team to wear his number on the 60th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier.”