Jon Gray can stop beating himself up now. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Ross was excellent in his previous performance, holding the D-Backs to only one run in 7.2 innings, and he fanned 10 batters. The San Diego Padres have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than one run.
Wednesday: Went 0 for 1, grounding out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 5-2 loss to Colorado.
He started the frame with consecutive walks to Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. He lasted six Wednesday but recorded his ninth career double-digit strikeout game of his career. The 28-year old first baseman is now hitting.259 with two homers and four RBI's on the season. In the 20 innings since that offensive explosion, they have eight hits.
Padres starting pitchers entered Wednesday's series finale averaging just 4.97 innings per start, sixth-lowest in the majors. His ERA stands at 18.00.
The Padres (9-17) scored just two runs in the last two games of the series after putting up 13 in a win on Monday night. Ross is 1-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies. Will Myers is 7 for 21 with five RBI's against Gray, while Eric Hosmer is 2 for 8, and Manuel Margot is 2 for 6. Their pitching has not been sharp, posting a 5.18 ERA, placing them 26th overall.
Cavnar has plenty of broadcast experience, though: The Colorado native is the host of Root Sports' pregame and postgame shows for Rockies games and also serves as a sideline analyst for some games. The Padres are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado, 1-4 in Ross' last 5 road starts vs. Rockies and the under is 4-1 in Ross' last 5 road starts vs. Rockies.