Padres rookie pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne has teetered between dominant, erratic, and at times, somewhere in-between, since making his big league debut June 23 against the Giants.
Facing the Brewers in his last start, Despaigne was dominant, striking out a career-high nine over seven innings before San Diego eventually triumphed, 3-2, in the 10th.
"I think tonight was as good as he's thrown since his first game against the Giants as far as fastball stuff, fastball life, fastball location," Padres manager Bud Black said after the win. "It's something we've really tried to impress him with the last couple starts. Tonight it was realized."
The Padres will be in good shape if Despaigne comes close to equaling either performance against the visiting Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Petco Park. A win would clinch at least a split in a four-game series that began Monday with San Diego's 3-1 win.
The D-backs will counter with left-handed pitcher Wade Miley, who is in search of his first win since July 30, when he held the Reds scoreless for 6 2/3 innings. In five starts since, he is 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA while opponents posted a .284 batting average and a .350 mark on balls in play.
It's not all bleak, however. In Miley's last three starts, he's shown improvement despite an 0-2 record. During that stretch, he's allowed just four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.
Miley pitched decently in his last start, allowing three runs over six innings against the Dodgers, but he had the misfortune of matching up against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and the D-backs fell, 3-1.
Padres: Three callups for final month
The Padres dipped into their Minor League ranks when rosters expanded Monday by recalling third baseman Cory Spangenberg and pitcher Leonel Campos from Double-A San Antonio. Left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
Outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee bruise) and infielder Yonder Alonso (wrist surgery) were placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Spangenberg made his big league debut Monday, going 1-for-4 with a fifth-inning single that drove in two runs in San Diego's win.
Diamondbacks: Hudson happy to be back
It's the little things that matter when you're coming off two Tommy John surgeries, especially if you're Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson.
Hudson was activated from the DL and joined Arizona when rosters expanded Monday.
"Just being on the team flight last night and getting here and going to get a nice dinner and just walking over, just walking into the locker room," Hudson said. "It's pretty cool for the first time in a while."
Hudson last pitched in a Major League game on June 26, 2012 when he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in a game against the Braves.
"The worst part about it is you get so close the first time and you blow out again, and then all of a sudden it's another year plus," Hudson said. "It's kind of hard to explain how frustrating that was. Hopefully I'll get in one of these games and it will be all worth it. I'll be able to put it behind me and not have to worry about it again."
Hudson didn't pitch Monday, but the plan is for him to work as a reliever this month.
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.