I was once told the beauty of baseball is the fact that there's always another game, and today the Padres will try to bounce back from a couple of losses to the Dodgers.
For the second straight night, it was an atypical way of losing for a Bud Black managed team. Two more errors, bringing the season total to 5 already and a rough outing for starter, have been recipes for disaster. Lost in the shuffle, were a couple of nice relief outings, one on Thursday by Anthony Bass, and last night, Micah Owings delivered with 3.1 solid innings of work.
Today Dustin Moseley will face the Dodgers, and he'll be opposed by former Met and Brewer, lefty Chris Capuano making his LA debut. The story for Moseley may be told in how he handles a pair of Dodgers' hitters. In game one Matt Kemp drove in 3 runs, and last night Andre Ethier drove in 4, both resulting in LA wins.
Moseley had a good spring, and a decent year that was cut short by injury in 2011. He only won three games but had an era in the mid 3's, but was the one Padres pitcher that received no runs of support. Moseley averaged 2.55 runs scored for him per/start, the worst among all qualifying big league pitchers.
Lineup today: (v. Capuano Career)
CF - Cameron Maybin (0 x 5)
RF - Chris Denorfia (0 x 2)
3B - Chase Headley (0 x 2)
LF - Jesus Guzman (2 x 3, 2 - 2B's)
C - Nick Hundley (has not faced)
1B - Yonder Alonso (1 x 2)
2B - Orlando Hudson (2 x 7, 2B)
SS - Jason Bartlett (2 x 5, 2 - 2B's)
SP - Dustin Moseley
Game on Fox Sports San Diego and XX 1090 (Leitner and Scanlan) starting at 7pm.
- Carlos Quentin is progressing nicely from his knee surgery. Quentin spoke before the game today and told us he'd be hitting off a tee as early as tomorrow. The medical staff is pleased that there hasn't been any significant swelling in the knee, as he's increased his activity level. He smiled and knocked on wood while delivering that bit of good news. Bud Black indicated yesterday that Quentin will need a minor league rehab assignment, to make up for lost at bats toward the end of spring training.
- Bud Black indicated today that Edinson Volquez will make the start for the Padres Tuesday against Arizona. It will keep Volquez on his normal day, and means the Padres won't need a fifth starter until April 13 at Los Angeles.
- Black praised the outing of Micah Owings yesterday Owings chewed up some innings and pitched effectively. Black said "we needed that length of 50-60 pitches.". Owings saved at least two guys pitching last night and may have saved the bullpen for today and maybe even tomorrow.
Alright, that's it....