Banks faces yet another tall task

Banks faces yet another tall task

SAN DIEGO -- The bats cooled down on Tuesday, as the Padres' offense stalled after erupting for 16 runs in the finale in Denver.

Tuesday was against Jeff Suppan, a solid Brewers starter, but Wednesday will feature the electric CC Sabathia, and the Padres will have to bring their Colorado bats if they want to get back in the win column.

Sabathia is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA since joining the Brewers on July 7. The Padres will have to solve his big arm in order to even the series.

The game will be put on the right arm of Josh Banks. Banks is 3-4 this season with a 3.77 ERA and has drawn three big time pitchers in his last three starts. Before Sabathia, there was the Giants' Tim Lincecum and the Mets' Johan Santana.

But Banks has held his own against the game's best and will look to do the same against Sabathia. He allowed one run on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in seven innings against the Giants and allowed three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings against the Mets.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Josh Banks (3-4, 3.77 ERA)
Banks entered the sixth inning on Thursday but couldn't register an out, leaving the game with two runs surrendered in five innings. He was credited with a third on a sacrifice fly against reliever Cla Meredith which allowed an inherited runner to score. Banks accomplished his goal of allowing no more than three runs with Johan Santana as his rival on the mound, but it still wasn't enough to get him a win after allowing nine hits on 89 pitches. He has not faced the Brewers this season.

MIL: LHP CC Sabathia (12-8, 3.11 ERA)
In his last outing, Sabathia tossed his fourth complete game -- and second shutout -- with the Brewers, allowing just five hits, while striking out nine and walking just one. The big lefty was economical, needing only 103 pitches, and he even added to the offensive output with a single in the second inning. Still unbeaten in his seven starts with the Brewers, Sabathia has posted a 1.58 ERA since his move to the National League. His four complete games top the NL, and the southpaw is currently in the midst of a career-best nine-game winning streak, dating to June 10.

On Tuesday, the Padres announced that they extended their player development contract with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League through the 2010 season. Fort Wayne has been a Padres affiliate since 1999. ... Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that reliever Brett Tomko, who appeared with Triple-A Portland on Saturday and Sunday, could come off the disabled list as soon as Wednesday to give the Padres more reinforcements in the bullpen. ... Relief pitcher Mike Adams has what Black called a "cranky" right shoulder which the team will monitor. He isn't expected to land on the disabled list. ... The Padres have agreed to terms with second-round Draft pick James Darnell, a third baseman from the University of South Carolina.

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Up next
• Thursday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 8-8, 2.68) vs. Brewers (Ben Sheets, 11-5, 2.95), 12:35 p.m. PT
• Friday: Padres (Greg Maddux, 6-8, 4.12) vs. Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 10-7, 3.81), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Padres (Chris Young, 4-4, 4.74) vs. Phillies (Kyle Kendrick, 10-6, 4.74), 7:05 p.m. PT

Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.