With its wide-open layout, Petco Park is not considered an inviting venue for power hitters.
Upton looks to launch another homer at Petco and help the Diamondbacks complete a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon.
After going deep once in Arizona’s 6-1 win Tuesday, Upton had two more solo shots off Cory Luebke(notes) in a 4-3 victory Wednesday—the second one reaching the third deck of left-field seats. Upton has five hits in 20 at-bats in San Diego this year, and four of them have been homers.
A pair of quick pitches fired up Upton, who has reached 20 homers for the second time since breaking into the majors in 2007.
“(Luebke) quick-pitched me on the first pitch (of the fourth),” Upton said. “He did it on my first at-bat. It’s just irritating, pitchers who are trying to trick the system. I’m just going to say it: You never see (Tim) Lincecum quick pitch me, Matt Cain(notes), those guys don’t do it.
Upton is batting .567 (17 for 30) with four home runs and 15 RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
“They did it (quick pitch) Tuesday night against him and he hit a home run,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “I know he doesn’t like it. It kind of irritates him. He’s hit two home runs after it, so hopefully they will do it again.”
Xavier Nady(notes) added a two-run homer, the Diamondbacks’ NL-leading 118th. After dropping three of the first four matchups, Arizona (57-47) has a 16-5 scoring edge during a three-game winning streak over its division rival.
The Diamondbacks are 8-4 since the All-Star break, and stayed three games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West after the Giants defeated Philadelphia earlier on Wednesday.
Upton is 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout against Padres’ scheduled starter Mat Latos(notes) (5-10, 4.05 ERA), who is in search of his first win in five starts this month. The right-hander has been charged with 10 runs in 26 1-3 innings, but is 0-2 in July.
Latos failed to get a decision for a second straight game after allowing three runs and five hits in six innings of an 8-6 loss Saturday at Philadelphia.
He’s 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA against the Diamondbacks as he prepares to face them for the first time this season.
Hudson (10-6, 3.72) scattered five hits over seven innings of a 6-0 victory on May 7 in Petco Park. Ten days later, the right-hander again went seven innings, and allowed one run and eight hits as Arizona won 6-1.
Hudson had been 7-0 in 12 starts before an 8-4 loss to Colorado on Friday, when he was reached for five runs and a season high-tying 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.