Rundown: Richard goes the distance

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Clayton Richard is pretty good
at throwing a baseball. The Padres sophomore breakout turned in his best
performance of his young career Tuesday night, firing a complete-game shutout by
scattering eight hits while walking two and striking out six in a win over the
Dodgers . This coming after he allowed a career-high eight runs on 11 hits six
days ago against the Rockies.  With a 13
wins and a 3.38 ERA under his belt, Richard has been one of the better
waiver-wire gems of the 2010 campaign, as he sets up to face the Reds on Sept.
26 in his next start.

 

Edinson Volquez (:W, 8 IP, 1 ER,
4 BB, 6 K @ MIL) — Normally a flyball-strikeout pitcher, he
uncharacteristically notched 16 of his 24 outs via the groundball and helped
himself by inducing four double plays. Using 108 pitches for the night, Volquez
faced the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings, with both hits
erased by double plays. He had only 49 pitches to that point. He is scheduled
to make his next start on Sept. 26 at San Diego.

 

Carlos Zambrano (ND, 6 IP, 0 ER,
3 H, 5 BB, 8 K v. SF) — It’s been a wild ride for Zambrano, who has gone from
Opening Day starter to needing anger management therapy. In eight starts since
Aug. 14, he’s 6-0 and has given up seven earned runs over 52 innings for a 1.21
ERA. What’s the difference? Zambrano’s slider and split have been more
effective than earlier in the year. He is lined up to make his next start on
Sept. 26 against the Cardinals.

 

Trevor Cahill (W, 8 IP, 2 ER,
6 H, 1 BB, 7 K v. CWS) — Cahill labored on his way to his 15th victory. He
threw 116 pitches — just 60 for strikes — over six innings and walked six
batters. The 22-year-old helped himself with a pickoff n the first inning and
was picked up by a Rajai Davis outfield assist in the fifth. With a 15-6 record
and a 2.72 ERA, Cahill has been one of the breakout fantasy stars of the 2010
season.

 

Andres Torres – Could return
from appendectomy by the weekend. Huge news for Giants fans and Torres owners,
as the breakout outfielder is hitting .278 with 13 homers, 59 RBIs, 78 runs
scored and 23 steals.

 

Ervin Santana (W, 9 IP, 0 ER,
5 H, 1 BB, 8 K v. TEX) — Santana is driving to the finish line with wins in
seven of his past eight decisions. Having established a career high with 17
victories against nine losses, he figures to have two more starts, meaning a
20-win season is unlikely. Santana faced only one batter over the minimum
through five innings, moving into eighth place on the Angels’ all-time
strikeout list when he put away Moreland to end the fifth. It was Santana’s
845th career strikeout. He is lined up to make his next start on Sept. 26
against the White Sox.

 

Justin Upton  Looks like he’s done
for the season. Upton, who aggravated his stiff left shoulder on Aug. 30, has
started just two of the Arizona’s last 19 games. He served as a ninth-inning pinch-runner
and stole a base in losses on Sept. 11 and 17. Upton worked out at Chase Field
on the club’s off-day Monday and also prior to Tuesday’s game. The right
fielder has averaged 126 games in his first three full MLB seasons.

 

Brad Bergesen (W, 6 IP, ER, 5
H, 4 BB, 2 K vs. BOS) — Another strong performance from Bergesen, who’s gone
3-1 with a sterling 1.30 ERA over his last five starts, spanning 34 2/3
innings. The 24-year-old right-hander will face a big test when he toes the
rubber again on Sept. 27 in Tampa Bay vs. a Rays club that has knocked him
around a few times this season.

 

Jarrod Dyson (3-for-4, 2 2B,
3 R, RBI, BB, SB) — A nice all-around night for Dyson, who’s 8-for-18 with
four doubles, six runs and four steals in eight games since his inaugural
callup. The 26-year-old center fielder batted .272 with 33 runs and 13 steals
in 46 games with Triple-A Omaha before his promotion.

 

Mark Rzepczynski
(W,
6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 8 K vs. SEA) —
An impressive showing from
Rzepczynski, who threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 28 batters while inducing
13 swings and misses. The left-hander, who has surrendered three earned runs or
fewer in four of his last five starts, earned his first victory since Aug. 13.
Rzepczynski is on track to take his next turn in the rotation on Sept. 26 vs.
the Orioles.

 

Mike Minor (L, 2 1/3 IP, 3
ER, 7 H, BB vs. PHI) —
Minor, who needed 73 pitches (42
strikes) to record seven outs, was bounced after serving up a three-run homer
to Jayson Werth in the third. Minor has been hit hard in each of his last four
outings, surrendering a combined 17 earned runs and five jacks in 16 1/3
innings. Owners should probably stay away from the rookie when he hurls again
on Sept. 27 vs. the Marlins.

 

 

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