After the ballyhooed incident that cost the Dodgers one of their best pitchers for eight weeks, Chris Capuano is slated to get the call opposite Marquis in the middle game of this series between the NL West rivals Tuesday night.
Marquis (0-1, 3.27 ERA) gave up two runs in the opening inning against Los Angeles (7-6) on Thursday before tossing four scoreless and leaving while not getting a decision in a 3-2 defeat. An inning after his exit, Greinke would leave under stranger circumstances.
The right-hander plunked Carlos Quentin , touching off a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in a broken left collarbone for the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Quentin was suspended eight games, but dropped his appeal and will miss this entire series, which started without incident as San Diego (3-10) beat Los Angeles 6-3 on Monday."I don't think there was anything brewing before this game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We put this behind us. A solid baseball game was played by both sides."
The Dodgers will now turn to Capuano after the veteran left-hander made both of his appearances this season out of the bullpen, and coincidentally against San Diego, including one as Greinke's immediate replacement.
He has held the Padres to two hits with four strikeouts in 2 2-3 scoreless innings, and he's 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 career games - 11 starts - against them.
"Obviously, he's not going to throw 120 (pitches)," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But he's been a guy who's made the most of the situation with his routine and jumping right in and staying on top of things and keeping sharp, and both times it showed."
It also seems Capuano isn't going to stir up emotions from last week's brawl.
"Donnie said it best, our focus is on winning ballgames," he said. "That's the best revenge. We're not out here trying to start fights or hurt anyone. Everyone understands the game, we want to be professionals."
Matt Kemp was at the center of the brawl and confronted Quentin after the game, but he's been much more effective against the Padres at the plate. The center fielder is hitting .390 over his last 19 meetings with them after getting two hits Monday.
Kemp, though, is 3 for 20 with six strikeouts against Marquis, who has dropped three of his last four road starts against Los Angeles behind a 4.95 ERA.
Marquis will have to contend with Carl Crawford , who is 8 for 18 with a triple, a homer, two RBIs and five runs in four season meetings with San Diego.
Chase Headley is nearing a return to the Padres after starting the season on the disabled list due to a broken left thumb. The third baseman was San Diego's biggest threat at the plate last year, hitting .286 with career highs of 31 homers and 115 RBIs.
"He's close (to returning)," Black told the team's official website. "We don't know when. He's got to feel comfortable where he is."
Headley surely feels comfortable at Chavez Ravine, where he's a career .333 hitter in 38 visits. He's also 4 for 10 with a homer off Capuano.
|Tony Gwynn Jr.||17||.412||7||0||3||0||2||.389||.801||.412|
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||3||.667||2||0||1||0||0||.667||1.667||1.000|
|San Diego Padres|
|April 09, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Left game - right wrist|
|March 30, 2013||Cory Luebke||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 30, 2013||Casey Kelly||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery, out for season|
|March 27, 2013||Logan Forsythe||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, right foot|
|March 22, 2013||Chase Headley||15-Day DL||Broken left thumb|
|March 22, 2013||James Darnell||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|April 13, 2013||Shawn Tolleson||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||Day-to-Day||Broken left collarbone|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||15-Day DL||Broken left collarbone|
|March 28, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Left shoulder labrum surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right index finger contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||15-Day DL||Torn ligament, right thumb|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been a while since Jason Marquis won on a consistent basis. Now that he's gotten his first victory of the season for the San Diego Padres , he's hoping to build on it in a big way.
Marquis pitched three-hit ball over 7 2-3 innings and Alexi Amarista tied a career high with four RBIs, leading the Padres to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
"It's always nice to get the first win out of the way," Marquis said. "Obviously as a team, we've been struggling all across the board, so to win these last two games at Dodger Stadium is definitely a big lift."
Marquis (1-1) allowed his only run on Mark Ellis ' bases-loaded sacrifice fly and struck out five on a chilly night in which the flags in center field were blowing straight out toward right for most of the game. The 34-year-old right-hander had double digits in wins for six straight seasons - but not since 2009, when he tied a career-best with 15 for Colorado.
"I felt confident going into the season," Marquis said, "but I got sick toward the end of spring training and my body didn't feel right. I was battling some mechanical issues, and I'm still battling them a little bit. But at the same time, the lights are on and it's `play ball,' so you've got to figure a way to get guys out, rely on what's working that night and save all that tinkering for the bullpen."
Nick Hundley and Yonder Alonso each had two RBIs, helping the Padres win their second straight over Los Angeles after a 2-10 start and handing the Dodgers their third straight loss.
Chris Capuano (0-1) came out of the bullpen to make his first start of the season in place of $147-million right-hander Zack Greinke , whose collarbone was broken during a bench-clearing brawl with the Padres in San Diego last Thursday, after he hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch. Quentin, who charged the mound, served the third game of his eight-game suspension.
Capuano made two appearances during his stint in the bullpen, facing 11 batters in 2 2-3 innings and striking out four.
The Padres jumped on Capuano for five hits and four runs during a 27-pitch first inning that included an RBI single by Alonzo, a bases-loaded walk to Hundley and a two-run single by Amarista. It ended when Capuano took the toss at first baseman from Adrian Gonzalez on a grounder by Marquis.
One inning later, Capuano took another flip from Gonzalez on a grounder by Alonzo for the third out - but hit the bag hard with his right foot and started hopping around before returning to the dugout.
After Capuano began the third with a walk to Jesus Guzman , manager Don Mattingly and a trainer went out to check on him. Capuano tried a couple of warmup throws and was replaced by Matt Guerrier . One out later, Kyle Blanks doubled over the head of center fielder Matt Kemp and Hundley followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
"I came in after the second inning, taped it up real tight and tried to brace that ankle," Capuano said. "I felt like I could sit back on it and push off, but it was pretty obvious I wasn't driving off that leg the way I needed to. The ball just wasn't coming out right. I wanted to stay out there. I knew we needed innings, but I think we made the right decision. It was hurting. But it's just a strain. It's not a full tear or anything like that. We'll take a look at it on Thursday and see what grade of a strain it is."
Amarista, who had only two RBIs in 34 at-bats this season entering Tuesday, extended San Diego's lead to 6-1 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly after a two-out double by Hundley. The Padres tacked on two more in the sixth against Josh Wall , who gave up Alonso's RBI double and Jedd Gyorko 's RBI single. Amarista added another RBI single in the ninth off Brandon League .
"That was good for Lexi. He had a rough go out of the chute, but he's come on a little bit now with some hits," manager Bud Black said.
The Dodgers' other run came on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth by pinch-hitter Nick Punto against Andrew Cashner . Gonzalez was 0 for 4, ending his 13-game hitting streak against his former team. It was the first time he went hitless against the Padres since they traded him to Boston in December 2010.
NOTES: Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers in Wednesday night's series finale, needing one strikeout for 1,000. He has pitched 967 1-3 innings, compared to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax , another Cy Young -winning Dodgers lefty who needed 989 2-3 innings to get his 1,000th. "I like to watch Kershaw pitch because it brings back memories of Sandy," said Lou Johnson , who was Koufax's teammate for three seasons and is now a member of the Dodgers' community relations department. "I see a lot of similarities. One is the size of his hand. That has a lot to do with it. Another is he wants to be the workhorse. And they both have the same heart and killer instinct. I have said to him privately: `Man, you pitch like another fella I know,' and he tipped his cap to me." ... The crowd of 35,898 observed a moment of silence for the second straight night in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Both the left and right field scoreboards went black, and the Dodgers took the field to the song "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," by the Dropkick Murphys. The flags were at half-staff, and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" was played on the p.a. system as a tribute to the Boston Red Sox fans.