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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres Pick & Prediction JUN 22TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
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OPENNER
-152

8o 105
CURRENT
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MONEYLINE
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4
SCORE
10

In the two games since losing Manny Machado to an left ankle injury, the San Diego Padres have produced only seven runs on 10 hits over 20 innings.

And they won both games -- with two different acting managers.

The Padres are in position to earn a series sweep Wednesday afternoon when they oppose the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Veteran left-hander Madison Bumgarner (3-6, 3.45 ERA) will start for Arizona against a possible Padres piggyback of starter Mike Clevinger (1-0, 3.77) and Nick Martinez (2-3, 4.03).

 

While Bumgarner is set for his 15th start of the season and is coming off his first win since May 10, Clevinger will be making only his second start since May 17.

Clevinger was on the injured list from May 18-June 4 due to a triceps strain. After one game back -- an outing limited to three innings -- he went on the COVID-19 injured list. He finally returned on Friday and worked two innings of two-run ball in relief against the Colorado Rockies.

Clevinger also started the season on the IL because of a knee strain.

"We don't know what kind of pitch count will be available for Clevinger Wednesday," said Ryan Christenson, who on Tuesday replaced Ryan Flaherty as acting manager as the Padres await the return of manager Bob Melvin, who has been sidelined due to the COVID-19 protocol since June 11.

Clevinger has worked a total of 19 innings this season in four starts and the one relief outing, completing as many as five innings only one time.

Martinez, meanwhile, has been the Padres' fifth, sixth and seventh starter depending on who is available at any given time. This week, he his rotation spot as staff ace Joe Musgrove was cleared from the COVID-19 protocol and is scheduled to return to the rotation on Thursday.

"I would imagine Martinez would be available out of the bullpen Wednesday behind Clevinger," Christenson said.

Pitching isn't the Padres' biggest concern. The Diamondbacks amassed just three runs on nine hits the past two nights, and they didn't manage a hit or a run in five innings against the San Diego bullpen on Tuesday.

"The theme is, these guys keep coming at teams no matter what the score," Christenson said. "The most encouraging thing on the road trip (that ended Sunday) was how all parts of the order were contributing. There were some nice rallies going where guys were just passing the baton.

"When this lineup is doing things like that, it's very encouraging."

The lineup could face a challenge on Wednesday against Bumgarner, who was sharp in his most recent outing. He limited the Minnesota Twins to two runs in six innings during a 7-2 win on Friday.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said after that game, "(Bumgarner) kind of controlled the game from the third inning on. I thought he did a really nice job of making pitches and executing. (We) made plays behind him, and that's key."

However, Bumgarner has always had issues with the Padres and has yet to post a win over San Diego in a Diamondbacks uniform, .

Bumgarner has a 13-13 career record against the Padres with a 3.72 ERA in 42 appearances (41 starts). As a member of the Diamondbacks, Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA against the Padres in six starts.

Clevinger will be facing Arizona for the first time in his career. Martinez has opposed the Diamondbacks just once, when he allowed one run in six innings during a no-decision in 2015.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Arizona Diamondbacks
5
8
San Diego Padres

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres Recap APR 4TH 2021

Dinelson Lamet flirted with a no-hitter in a second straight start and the Padres hit four of their six homers in two innings against Madison Bumgarner on Sunday afternoon as San Diego defeated visiting Arizona 9-5 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Manny Machado hit two solo homers against Bumgarner. Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. both hit two-run homers, while Ty France and Francisco Mejia homered in the third against Diamondbacks reliever Taylor Widener.

The six home runs were a Padres record at Petco Park and one shy of the franchise's single-game record.

Lamet retired the first 14 Diamondbacks he faced before hitting Andy Young with a pitch. Kole Calhoun ended the bid for a no-hitter and shutout, leading off the seventh inning with his third home run.

Lamet allowed only the one hit and no walks with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 2-0 while lowering his ERA to 1.61.

Bumgarner suffered the worst start of his career while allowing four homers in a game for the first time. Three of the four homers traveled more than 400 feet.

The Padres scored three runs in each of the first three innings with two homers in each of the innings.

Machado opened the scoring by homering on a 2-0 pitch with one out in the first. France drew a two-out walk and scored on Myers' fifth home run of the season.

Jurickson Profar opened the second with a single and scored on Tatis' eighth homer of the season -- and fifth in the last four games. After Tatis homered in a fourth straight game, Machado then went back-to-back with his second homer of the game.

Bumgarner, who is now 0-3 with a 9.35 earned run average in four starts with Arizona, lasted only two innings, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

The Padres hit two more homers in the third off Diamondbacks reliever Taylor Widener. France led off the inning with a home run. And Francisco Mejia hit a two-run homer after Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch with two out.

Arizona's Andy Young and Nick Ahmed each hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Catcher Carson Kelly made his professional pitching debut for Arizona, working a scoreless eighth.

--Field Level Media

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