It’s the continuation of an interleague set on the diamond north of the border. The San Diego Padres are on the road as they play the middle game of a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday afternoon. San Diego swept a three-game series at home against Arizona, taking a 5-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Toronto closed a four-game series at home against Boston on Thursday afternoon, falling 8-2. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Joey Lucchesi take the mound for the Padres against the Blue Jays’ Trent Thornton. First pitch in the contest was scheduled for 7:07 pm ET.
San Diego Padres Look for Road Success
San Diego reeled off a third straight win as they shut the Diamondbacks down to sweep the series. The Padres entered Friday second in the NL West, six games behind the Dodgers in the division race. Greg Garcia (two runs, RBI) led San Diego with three hits while Franmil Reyes (run), Eric Hosmer (run, two RBI) and Austin Hedges (run) each added a pair of hits in the contest. Eric Lauer (3-4) turned in a solid outing as he picked up the win: he allowed one run on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings. Kirby Yates worked the ninth for his 20th save of the season.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 22, 2019
Cal Quantrill takes the mound for his fourth major league start for the Padres in this contest. He is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.733 WHIP, five walks and 10 strikeouts over 15 innings of action at the big league level. Quantrill took the loss in his last start, which came at home against the Pirates Sunday afternoon. He allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts over five innings in a 6-4 Padres defeat. In his fourth major league start, he pitches against the Blue Jays for the first time. As a result, this marks his first career outing at Rogers Centre. Quantrill was 4-1 with a 4.80 ERA, a 1.433 WHIP, nine walks and 19 strikeouts over 30 innings in six starts for Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League. In his career, he is 20-22 with a 4.49 ERA, a 1.441 WHIP, 100 walks and 308 strikeouts over 331 innings in 68 career minor league starts.
Toronto Blue Jays Hoping to Climb Toward .500
Toronto dropped three of four at home to the Red Sox as they were clubbed in the finale Thursday. The Blue Jays entered Friday’s action fourth in the AL East, 12.5 games behind the Yankees in the division. Brandon Drury was the lone player for Toronto with two hits in the game as the team finished with five. Justin Smoak cracked a solo homer, his ninth of the year, while Freddy Galvis drove in the other Blue Jays run. Clayton Richard didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed a run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings. Sam Gaviglio (3-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and one strikeout over two innings of relief.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 23, 2019
Edwin Jackson is in line to take the ball for his third start of the season for the Blue Jays after being picked up as a free agent. He is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, two walks and six strikeouts over 10 innings of work. Jackson took the loss in his last start, which came at home against Boston on Monday night. He threw five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in a 12-2 Toronto defeat. Jackson is 1-6 with a 6.05 ERA, a 1.688 WHIP, 23 walks and 48 strikeouts over 64 innings in 16 career appearances, 11 starts, against the Padres. He is 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA, a 1.144 WHIP, 19 walks and 46 strikeouts over 60.1 innings in 10 appearances, nine starts, at Rogers Centre.
- Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Padres are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games
- Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record
- Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter
- Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record