Tonight, the San Diego Padres (55-62) will square off with the franchise that arguably could be in worse shape than their own, the Colorado Rockies (46-72) tonight at Petco Park. Both teams are send rookie starting pitchers to the mound, and with each man’s propensity for pitching to contact, tonight’s match-up could be full of offensive fireworks. The Padres send Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 3.10 ERA) will attempt to get back on track, as he’s struggled his last handful of starts. He hasn’t made it out of the sixth inning in any of his past three starts for the Friars. Despaigne has never faced the Rockies prior to tonight’s start.
The Rockies counter with Yohan Flande (0-4, 5.77 ERA), who has gone at least 6 2/3 innings in two of his past three starts. He learned the hard way his last time out, giving up back-to-back home runs to top Cubs’ prospect Javier Baez and Starlin Castro, eliminating his chance to bring home his first big league win.
Padres’ top outfield prospect Rymer Liriano, who was called up last night, and inserted into the starting lineup, drove in his first big league run, a sac fly in his third at-bat of the night. He finished 0-for-2, but looks to improve on his debut. The Padres recalled outfielder/first baseman Jake Goebbert from Triple-A El Paso, as starting shortstop Everth Cabrera was placed back on the disabled list with an injured hamstring. He has an MRI earlier today, which revealed more damage to the already injured left hamstring. He came off the 15-day DL on June 29th, and had played in all but the Padres previous two games.