Rockies left-hander Yohan Flande and Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne both live and die by pitching to contact. And as of recently, the rookies, who oppose each other Tuesday, have both done more of the latter.
Two starts ago, Flande featured a newfound ability to miss bats by striking out a career-high eight Cubs. But last Thursday, he was back to his mantra of being burned the third time through a lineup.
Flande registered the fourth loss of his young career by serving up back-to-back home runs to Javier Baez and Starlin Castro in the sixth, finishing his day with four earned runs allowed off seven hits.
Outside of his career day in Chicago two weeks ago, Flande has surrendered 33 hits and 20 earned runs in his other five starts at the Major League level.
After a smoldering start and a flirtation with a no-no, the story has been much the same for Despaigne.
The 27-year-old logged a 1.31 ERA over his first 34 1/3 innings only to come back down to earth with the opposition getting to him for 15 runs (12 earned) in his last three starts (15 innings).
Padres manager Bud Black has observed Despaigne hanging the ball too high more recently. And after making it through at least six innings in his first five starts, Despaigne has failed to make it into the seventh in his last three.
Rockies: Anderson scheduled for back surgery
Left-hander Brett Anderson is set to undergo surgery to repair a bulging disk in his lower back Thursday in Phoenix, according to Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger.
Anderson left his start Aug. 5 three innings into a one-hitter after experiencing sudden tightness in his lower back. His mobility was hindered in the days following and the injury didn't improve with treatment.
Anderson is expected to be ready for Spring Training and should only require five months of recovery. But this puts an end to another lost season for the once-promising lefty.
Anderson also missed three months with a broken finger yet was quite effective when he was on the mound, compiling a 2.91 ERA over 43 1/3 innings. A seemingly unrelenting series of injuries have prevented him from topping the 100-inning barrier since 2010, though.
Padres: Liriano makes debut for San Diego
On the same day he was called up, outfielder Rymer Liriano started in right field and batted seventh against the Rockies on Monday.
The Padres' No. 6-ranked prospect finished 0-for-2 with an RBI coming on a sacrifice fly in the team's 4-3 win.
It's not exactly the .452 (28-for-62) he batted in 16 games at Triple-A El Paso this season but the Padres are excited about his possibilities nonetheless.
"You're going to see a guy who plays the game hard," manager Bud Black said. "He might make a mistake or two in there, as with every young player, but he plays the game with passion."
• Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was expected to undergo an MRI on his ailing hamstring either late Monday or Tuesday.
• To make room for Liriano, the Padres designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.