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Rockies-Padres Preview 2008-05-11

Rockies-Padres Preview 2008-05-11
It took a historic pitching performance, but the San Diego Padres finally ended their most recent losing streak.

Now, the Padres will be trying to get their offense going as they close a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.

Greg Maddux became the ninth pitcher in big league history to win 350 games on Saturday, going six innings and yielding one unearned run in a 3-2 win. The big night was a rare bright spot for the Padres, who own the worst record in baseball and are already 10 games out of first place in the NL West.

"It was kind of cool," Maddux said. "I don't want to make it out to be nothing, but it is May and we haven't been playing that good, and you just really want to win for the right reason and not necessarily for the wrong reason. We need to start winning as a team and hopefully tonight is the start of things to come."

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Padres, who snapped their second five-game losing streak of the season. Catcher Luke Carlin made his big league debut a day after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Portland and caught both Maddux and all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, who made his first appearance since getting a save at Philadelphia on April 30.

"I don't know what to say. It's kind of like all my dreams came true at once, I guess," Carlin said. "It was a privilege, an honor. I'm pretty much speechless."

Still, San Diego's offensive woes continued. The Padres haven't scored more than four runs in any of their last six games and rank last in the majors with 122 runs - an average of just 3.3 per game.

San Diego has won just five of its last 23 games overall and only two of its last 10 against the Rockies, dating to last season. That includes a one-game playoff on Oct. 1 that the Rockies won in 13 innings to clinch the NL wild card.

Colorado advanced to the World Series, but has also been struggling this season. The Rockies' troubles have come mostly on the mound - they have allowed 192 runs, second only to Pittsburgh in the NL.

However, Colorado has yielded three or fewer runs in each of its last four games since starter Mark Redman was pounded for five runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 6-5 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday.

Redman has since been demoted from the rotation, and in Sunday's finale, Greg Reynolds is expected to be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place and make his major league debut. Reynolds, the No. 2 pick in the 2006 draft, went 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA for Colorado Springs.

"A young pitcher like Reynolds who could possibly be the next guy you go to, that's consistent with everything we've done," manager Clint Hurdle told the Rockies' official team Web site. "If we have an opportunity to promote from within, we'll do that."

San Diego counters with Chris Young (2-3, 4.31), who gave up five runs and two homers in five innings of Tuesday's 5-3 loss in Atlanta. He has yielded seven homers so far this season after allowing only 10 last season.

"Strange night ... it might have been some of the best stuff I have had this year," Young told the Padres' official team Web site. "Sometimes, you run into a hot team and things go their way."

Young is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in nine career starts against the Rockies. However, the lone defeat came in his last start against them on Sept. 9, when he allowed three runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss in Colorado.

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Added: May 11, 2008

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