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Padres Burned In The Desert

Phoenix Frustrations Continue

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    PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: Infielder Didi Gregorius #1 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws over the sliding Yangervis Solarte #27 of the San Diego Padres for a force out at second base during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 5-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The Padres opened a 3-game series in Arizona against a Diamondbacks team that had lost six straight games and is transitioning to give young prospects a chance to play because it's so far out of playoff contention.

    So, advantage San Diego right?

    Not exactly. The Padres could play the Bad News Bears and, if the game was held at Chase Field, probably lose.

    Since the stadium opened in 1998, the Padres are 50-93 at the Downtown Phoenix facility. That includes Friday night's 5-1 loss to that D-Backs team that was on a 6-game losing skid.

    Starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne gave up four runs in the first two innings, continuing a trend of early struggles, to take the loss. Arizona starter Josh Collmenter struck out eight in 8.1 innings for his 9th win of the year.

    On Saturday, Andrew Cashner comes off the disabled list to get the start for the Padres.