Padres look to ride momentum in finale
San Diego (13-24) vs. Colorado (15-22), Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT
SAN DIEGO -- It's been nearly a month since the Padres won consecutive games, yet they'll try to accomplish as much in the series finale against the Rockies on Sunday at PETCO Park.
The Padres, who pinned a 3-2 loss on the Rockies on Saturday, last won back-to-back games since April 13 and 15 -- there was an off-day between games -- when they topped the Dodgers and Rockies to improve to 8-6.
The Padres are just 5-18 since then.
Right-hander Chris Young will take the mound Sunday. He's fared well against Colorado in his career, going 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in nine starts. Young has posted more career victories against the Rockies than any other team.
Young has had success against two of the Rockies' top hitters, Todd Helton (.190) and Matt Holliday (.222).Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Chris Young (2-3, 4.31 ERA)
Young was hurt by several balls he got up in the strike zone during his last start, when the Braves got home runs from Chipper Jones -- who seems to be hitting them off everyone these days -- and Mark Kotsay on Tuesday at Turner Field. Young allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Home runs have been more of a problem this season for Young, who has allowed seven. He allowed 10 last season in 173 innings. COL: RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Reynolds, 22, will make his Major League debut with the Rockies -- a team in need of a fifth starter after moving Mark Redman to the bullpen. Reynolds was the second overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies highest selection in club history. Reynolds is 1-2 and has a 4.86 ERA this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has pitched well as of late with the Sky Sox, throwing eight innings and yielding two runs on April 27. He only pitched two innings in each of his past two starts as it appeared the Rockies wanted him well-rested in case they needed him for this start. Tidbits
San Diego manager Bud Black mixed up his lineup on Saturday against the Rockies and just might do it again in Sunday's series finale. Black had Jody Gerut hitting leadoff and Brian Giles hitting third in the order. Rookie Luke Carlin made his Major League debut at catcher, which means Josh Bard will start Sunday. ... Black said pitchers Carlos Guevara and Justin Hampson, both on the disabled list, will make appearances in extended Spring Training games next week. ... Pitcher Kevin Cameron will report to the teams spring facility in Arizona next week to being rehabilitation on his right elbow. He sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in a game last week. He won't throw a baseball for at least two to three weeks, Black said, before starting a throwing program.
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Tuesday: Padres (Shawn Estes, 0-0, 0.00) at Cubs (Jon Lieber, 2-2, 3.80), 5:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 4-2, 2.47) at Cubs (Ted Lilly, 3-4, 5.24), 5:05 p.m. PT
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.