Chris Young admits his last start was one of his worst, but the San Diego right-hander has a good chance of getting back on track against one of his favorite opponents.
Young tries to lead the Padres to back-to-back wins when they visit the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.
The 6-foot-10 right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA through his first two starts, but fell 9-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Young (1-1, 4.30 ERA) allowed four earned runs, seven hits and five walks over two-plus innings - the shortest start of his career that wasn’t shortened by injury.
He also snapped a streak of 25 straight road starts without a loss.
“I was terrible,” said Young, who was making his first start since signing a four-year, $14.5 million contract extension. “I just never found my rhythm and never found my groove. I put the guys in a hole early in the game and it was just too much to overcome.”
Young has dominated Colorado, though, going 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five career starts versus the Rockies.
The Padres (9-7) took two of three meetings between these NL West rivals in their first series this season, and have won five of the last six overall matchups. San Diego enters this game following an 11-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday to split a two-game series.
The Padres had averaged only 3.6 runs in their first 15 games before setting a season high against Arizona. Catcher Rob Bowen led the way with three RBIs and three runs scored, both career highs. Starting pitcher Jake Peavy drove in two runs with his first career triple and added a double.
While the Padres’ offense thrived on Thursday, Colorado’s was stagnant in an 8-1 defeat to the Dodgers which completed a two-game series split.
The Rockies (7-9) mustered only five hits and were held to one run or less for the fifth time this season. Third baseman Garrett Atkins drove in Colorado’s lone run with a sixth-inning single.
This is the final series in the Rockies’ 19-game stretch against division opponents to open the season, the importance of which is not lost on Friday’s starter Josh Fogg (0-0, 3.38).
“You can make as much as you want out of it, but the fact it’s in the division is always going to be big whether it’s April, July or August,” Fogg told the Rockies’ official Web site. “But it’s still early on.
“You want to sweep every series, but 2-of-3 is realistically what you’d like to do. Getting that first one is really important.”
Fogg is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in seven career starts versus the Padres, failing to earn a decision in his last four outings against them. The right-hander also did not receive a decision last Friday against Arizona, when he allowed three runs over five innings of a 6-3 Colorado victory.
In between starts, Fogg pitched two scoreless innings of relief in Monday’s 8-0 defeat to San Francisco.