San Diego Padres at Toronto Blue Jays
When and Where: Friday, May 24, Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ont., 7:07 p.m. EDT.
Looking to carry their recent strong starting pitching to the road, Joey Lucchesi looks to keep the San Diego Padres rolling Friday night when they open a six-game interleague road swing with the first of three games versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lucchesi looks to snap four-start winless run
Lucchesi (3-3, 4.28) had one of his better outings of the season last time out but had nothing to show for it being on the wrong end of a pitchers’ duel.
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The left-hander made one mistake against Pittsburgh last Friday, serving up a two-run homer to Brian Reynolds in the fourth inning — and it proved costly in San Diego’s 2-1 defeat. Lucchesi did pitch a season high-tying seven innings and allowed just five hits.
“His last couple of have been good,” Padres manager Andy Green told The Morning Call. “I think we feel really good about where he’s at. He attacked well. The home run was a good swing, but most of the day he was ahead. That’s going to make him successful.”
Lucchesi had mixed results in interleague play as a rookie last year, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts. The southpaw did win the last two, though, sweeping Seattle in a 13-day span.
The Padres (26-24) are kicking off a six-game road swing versus AL East teams that also includes three against the New York Yankees. They were off Thursday after sweeping a three-game series versus Arizona in which its starters conceded just four runs in 19 innings.
Eric Hosmer, who had back-to-back 2-RBI games, is 11 for 30 (.367) in his last nine games. Manny Machado, who played his first six-plus seasons with Baltimore before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, is a .276 lifetime hitter versus Toronto but only a .241 hitter in 49 games at Rogers Centre
Thornton finding groove but not getting runs
Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.41) has held opposing hitters to a .180 batting average in his last five starts while allowing two or fewer runs in four of them, but he has just one win in that span as the Blue Jays have scored one or no runs in four of them.
The right-hander did not get a decision Sunday on the road against the White Sox despite limiting them to one run in six innings before Toronto recorded a 5-2 victory.
“The last three outings he’s been very good,” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Thornton to the Toronto Sun. “He gives us a chance.”
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— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 24, 2019
The Blue Jays youth movement is expected to add another piece Friday with the team ready to call up 24-year-old infielder Cavan Biggio. The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Cavan is hitting .306 at Triple-A Buffalo with six homers and 26 RBIs in 41 games.
Biggio is the second son of a major leaguer to be on the Blue Jays, joining Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The 20-year-old has shaken off a slow start and hitting .333 with five homers in his last 11 games.
Toronto (20-30) dropped back-to-back games and three of four overall to Boston, capped with an 8-2 loss Thursday that was its eighth loss in 10 home games.
The Padres are:
- 4-1 in their last five interleague games vs. right-handed starters.
- 12-4 in their last 16 games following an off day.
- 7-2 in their last nine interleague games.
The Blue Jays are:
- 1-5 in their last six home games.
- 1-4 in Thornton’s last five home starts.
- 4-10 in their last 14 home games vs. left-handed starters.