Cory Luebke takes this hill this afternoon in his first start of 2011. He is looking to help the Pads take two of three from the Braves and clinch the season series in the final matchup against Atlanta.
In Luebke’s last outing, he worked 3.1 innings of relief in Boston, earning a chance in the starting rotation. In 2010, Luebke made three starts in four appearances. As a starter, he went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA (8 ER/15.2 IP). Since being selected by the Padres as the 63rd overall pick in the 2007 Draft, Luebke has made 84 minor league appearances, 74 as a starter. In his 19 minor league games (17 starts) during the 2010 campaign, he went 10-1 with a 2.68 ERA (34 ER/114.0 IP) between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Portland before earning a promotion to the Majors.
Reliever Josh Spence made his Major League debut last night, working a perfect ninth in the Padres 11-2 win over the Braves. The outing made Spence the seventh player to make his Big League debut with the Friars this season, joining Cedric Hunter, Blake Tekotte, Logan Forsythe, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Bass and Evan Scribner.
Here is video of Spence striking out Jason Heyward, his first Major League batter faced: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16252123
Tonight the Padres take on the Braves in the second of a three-game series. The game marks the eighth of nine tilts between the two clubs this season, with the Padres holding a 4-3 edge so far. A win tonight would clinch the season series against Atlanta for the first time since going 5-1 in 2005.
Dustin Moseley takes the hill tonight, looking for his third win of the season. Over his last five starts, he has gone 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA (8 ER/30.1 IP). Moseley will be facing the Braves for the second time this season.
The Padres return home this weekend for a three-game set with the Braves that marks the third meeting between the two teams this season. The two clubs have split the six games they have played so far, with each team taking two of three on the road from each other.
Bud Black today announced his rotation for the series, with Cory Luebke making his first start of the 2011 season after 29 relief appearances. A starter throughout his minor league career, Luebke made three starts (in four appearances) for the Padres last season. As a starter, he went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA, earning his first Major League win on 9/8/10 vs. LAD after 6.0 shutout innings of two-hit ball.
Here are the projected matchups for the series against the Braves:
RHP Tim Stauffer (2-5, 3.13) vs. RHP Derek Lowe (3-5, 4.10)
RHP Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.02) vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (9-3, 2.11)
LHP Cory Luebke (1-2, 3.23) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (6-6, 6.73)
The Padres took two of three from Washington, sealing the deal with a 5-4 come-from-behind win today. Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Padres have gone 34-12 (.739) against the Washington/Montreal franchise, posting a 13-2 series record.
The club begins a three-game set at Atlanta tomorrow with Aaron Harang taking on Tim Hudson. Harang has allowed just two runs (one earned) in his last two starts, working 15.0 innings. The Padres will be looking for their first series victory over the Braves since 8/25-27/09. That three-game series in 2009 is the only series victory for the Padres over the Braves since 2005.
Here are the probables for the upcoming series:
Monday – RHP Aaron Harang vs. RHP Tim Hudson
Tuesday – RHP Mat Latos vs. LHP Mike Minor
Wednesday – LHP Clayton Richard vs. RHP Tommy Hanson