Pittsburgh (66-94) at San Diego (62-98)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 27, 2008
  • TV: Ch4
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After missing a good portion of the season due to injury, Chris Young is providing the San Diego Padres with a strong finish in 2008.

Young will make his final start of the year, and try to continue his mastery over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

Young is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts versus the Pirates, but failed to get a decision in his most recent start against them on Sept. 19, 2007.

The right-hander missed nearly three full months this year with a broken nose and forearm injury but has pitched well in four starts since returning, going 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Last Saturday, the 6-foot-10 right-hander allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, and hit his first major league home run in a 6-1 rout of Washington.

“When I came back, it was a goal of mine to finish strong,” Young (6-6, 4.11 ERA) told the Padres official Web site. “I only wish I was able to get on this roll in May.”

Young is 2-3 with a 2.48 ERA at home this year, but will be looking for his first win in San Diego in more than four months. After defeating Colorado on May 11, he’s 0-2 in three starts with an ERA approaching 4.00.

He also will try to even the series at one game apiece after the Pirates won 6-3 on Friday. Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Doumit homered as Pittsburgh snapped a nine-game road losing streak.

Ian Snell pitched five sharp innings in his season finale before being forced to leave with a cramp in his right calf. The right-hander went 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA in his seven starts since Aug. 19.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to go and rebuild and think about it for this offseason,” Snell said. “I’m done thinking about that. I have to come back strong.”

The Pirates also ended a seven-game slide in San Diego, and improved to 5-10 at Petco Park since it opened in 2004.

Nick Hundley homered and Luis Rodriguez had a run-scoring single as the Padres (62-98) moved a step closer to their first 100-loss season in 15 years.

Jimmy Barthmaier (0-1, 15.19) makes his first appearance against San Diego, and second career start for the Pirates (66-94). In a 6-4 victory over Houston last Saturday, the right-hander lasted three innings, and allowed two runs, five hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

“I was happy they gave me a chance to come up and throw and show them what I can do,” he told the Pirates’ official Web site. “My goal is to try and win a spot on the team, so that’s what I’ll be working for this offseason.”

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J. Barthmaier Was vs. C. Young KC
0-2 Record 7-6
10.45 ERA 3.96
6 K 93
8 BB 48
2.32 WHIP 1.29


Saturday, Sep 27