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The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres will begin their 4 game series on Thursday night at Chase Field. It’s the first Throwback Thursday of the season and the Dbacks will be wearing some sweet retro jerseys from yesteryear. Although the festivities may be fun, the Dbacks have work to do and could greatly benefit from a good showing against the Padres.
The Padres (15-14) sit at 2nd in the National League West and 3 games back of Los Angeles. The Dbacks (12-14) are currently in 4th in the National League West and are 4.5 games back of Los Angeles. San Diego’s most dangerous players and Arizona’ most intriguing story lines were highlighted earlier today.
Despaigne was originally a member of the bullpen to start the 2015 season, due to San Diego’s great depth on the starting rotation. However, injuries to a couple of their regulars have given Despaigne the opportunity to start games.
Despaigne has made two starts on the season and they have both been victories. One of them includes a 7 inning performance against Arizona in which he only allowed 2 hits and a run. Despaigne’s last appearance was a relief effort in which he surrendered 4 hits and 4 runs in a 1 2/3 innings.
Apr 18, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) walks towards the dugout after giving up two runs to the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
De La Rosa has struggled on the early season. He leads the Dbacks with 18 earned runs given up. He’s also surrendered a team-leading 6 home runs. However, De La Rosa also leads the Diamondbacks with 31 strikeouts.
One of De La Rosa’s two victories has come against the Padres. It was a 6 inning effort in which he gave up 3 runs, a quality start. However, De La Rosa’s last outing saw him give up 5 runs in only 5 innings in a loss against the Dodgers.
Some of the notes to take from the lineup is that Mark Trumbo will stay in the 2 slot for the opener. In his career debut in that batting order, Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and 3 RBI, while scoring a couple of runs.
After starting both games of the doubleheader, Aaron Hill will bow out of the lineup. Hill went 6-for-9 with a homer and 4 RBI in those two games. Chris Owings (4 for his last 25) will return to the lineup. Tuffy Gosewisch is back in the lineup over Jordan Pacheco.
First pitch is at 6:40 MST in Phoenix.