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Arizona at San Diego

Venue: Petco Park
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After being swept in their last series, the Arizona Diamondbacks have few things to blame other than suspect relief pitching. They'll hope the bullpen will have patched up its struggles prior to meeting the upstart San Diego Padres Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at Petco Park.

The Diamondbacks (15-13) squandered a lead in each contest while losing three straight at home to San Francisco. The bullpen gave up seven hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in six innings during the series.

Wednesday's 9-6 defeat saw Arizona score more than four runs for the first time in eight contests and also marked its major league-leading 10th blown save as David Hernandez surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth. Hernandez walked two before giving up the home run.

"This is a tough time. It's a tough game," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just have to pick ourselves up."

Thursday marked the Diamondbacks' first off day since April 15, providing a valuable rest for the bullpen - which worked 46 2-3 innings over 16 games in as many days since then.

Heavy work for Arizona's relievers could be necessary again if left-hander Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37 ERA) produces an outing similar to his last one. Miley didn't allow a run against Colorado on Saturday but lasted 4 1-3 innings after walking a career-high seven.

He had walked seven in 26 innings over his first four starts and averages 2.3 per nine innings for his career.

"I just didn't have it tonight and that was pretty much the bottom line," said Miley, whose team still managed a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

The Diamondbacks run into a Padres squad that completed a late comeback Thursday to salvage a road split against the Cubs and post its sixth victory in eight games.

Yonder Alonso's pinch-hit bloop single with two outs brought home the first of four runs in an eighth inning that also saw two infield singles and a passed ball, leading to a 4-2 win for the Padres (11-17).

"It's one of those things where, regardless of what the situation is with the outs or what the score is, you can always take advantage of the mental lapses that go on the field," outfielder Kyle Blanks said.

Starting for the Padres will be Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20), who has also struggled with walks. Marquis issued four in three of his five starts, including Sunday against San Francisco. He still limited the Giants to two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to pick up the victory.

Marquis and Miley will look to shake off recent history against each other's teams, as Marquis is 0-4 with a 6.39 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona while Miley is 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in four starts versus San Diego.

Martin Prado is 13 for 33 (.394) in his last eight games against the Padres, while Chris Denorfia is hitting .433 in his last nine versus the Diamondbacks.

Nick Hundley is riding a seven-game hitting streak with six RBIs, but he's 1 for 17 over his last six against Arizona.

San Diego was the only NL West team the Diamondbacks posted a sub-.500 record against in 2012, with the Padres winning 11 of 18 meetings.

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Probable Starters

Wade Miley, LHP
2013 stats
30.1 Innings Pitched 30.0
2-0 Wins-Losses 2-2
2.37 Earned Run Average 4.20
14 Walks 14
26 Strikeouts 18
96 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
23.2 Innings Pitched 90.0
1-2 Wins-Losses 2-7
6.08 Earned Run Average 4.30

Jason Marquis, RHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
79°F57°F9mph/W33%3%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Arizona3rd NL West6367.4859 ½ 4-6 L 2
San Diego3rd NL West6367.4859 ½ 5-5 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jason Marquis
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Hinske32020.667
Chavez21000.500
Parra42121.500
Kubel31101.333
Prado103101.300
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Wade Miley
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Amarista32000.667
Guzman94111.444
Denorfia124011.333
Cabrera62003.333
Alonso61001.167
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Arizona -125 San Diego 115
Injuries
Arizona
PlayerInjury
T. GosewischKnee
P. GosselinThumb
J. HellicksonGlute
D. HudsonFinger
San Diego
PlayerInjury
T. FederowiczKnee
J. JohnsonElbow
C. LuebkeElbow
B. MaurerShoulder
B. MorrowShoulder
W. MyersWrist
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Jul 10TEXTEX 4-3Rodriguez Kennedy 
Jul 11TEXSD 6-5Benoit Tolleson 
Jul 12TEXSD 2-1Ross Gallardo 
Aug 31SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 1SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 2SD10:10 PM EDT