Miami (46-44) at San Diego (36-55)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Wed Jul 9, 2008
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The San Diego Padres hope their recent infusion of young talent can continue to help their struggling offense as they continue their three-game series against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.

San Diego (36-55) defeated the Marlins 10-1 in Tuesday’s series opener to snap a nine-game home losing streak - the Padres’ longest drought at home since 1980.

Before the game, the Padres brought up three players from Triple-A Portland. Their starting lineup featured five players who played for the Beavers at some point this season.

Brian Myrow became the sixth former Beaver to play when he entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. He hit his first career home run in his first at-bat of the season.

Left fielder Chase Headley, called up from Portland on June 17, went 3-for-5 with a double and a career-high four RBIs. In all, the six former Portland players who played Tuesday combined to go 8-for-19 with seven RBIs and four runs scored. They aided a San Diego lineup which has managed 340 runs this season - second-fewest in the majors.

“It was a big lift for us. Guys were contributing right away,” said veteran outfielder Scott Hairston, who finished 3-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs. “Obviously we didn’t know what to expect. We were looking around - new faces everywhere. But that’s baseball. That happens. We welcomed those who just arrived, and the way they swung the bats, that’s great. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

San Diego has won just four of its last 16 games, scoring 34 runs in those victories but only 25 in the losses

The Marlins (46-44), meanwhile, remained 1 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia but fell into a second-place tie with the New York Mets.

All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hitless in four at-bats, ending his career-best hitting streak at 14 games.

The Marlins fell to 2-4 on their season-high 11-game road trip, which began with three losses in four games at Colorado.

After experiencing how tough it can be to pitch at hitter-friendly Coors Field, Wednesday’s scheduled starter Scott Olsen (4-4, 3.96 ERA) hopes things go a bit better at spacious Petco Park, as he once again seeks his first victory in two months.

Olsen got roughed up at Coors Field on Friday, as he was pounded for a season-high nine runs and 11 hits - including three home runs - in five innings of a wild 18-17 loss to Colorado. He did not factor in the decision.

The left-hander is looking to regain the dominance he had earlier this season, when he went 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA in his first seven starts. He is 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA in 11 outings since defeating Milwaukee on May 6.

The Padres counter with Cha Seung Baek (2-3, 4.54), who makes his first career start against the Marlins.

After allowing 10 runs and 16 hits in 11 1-3 innings over his previous two starts, Baek held Arizona to two hits and matched a career high with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings of a 5-1 win on Friday.

The right-hander now hopes to carry that success to Petco, where he is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in four starts this season.

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S. Olsen Tex vs. C. Baek SD
8-11 Record 6-10
4.20 ERA 4.79
113 K 92
69 BB 43
1.31 WHIP 1.34


Wednesday, Jul 9