The last time Wade Miley took the mound, his day ended with him and the rest of his teammates watching the Dodgers celebrate clinching the National League West title in the Chase Field swimming pool.
Five days later, the D-backs left-hander will try to get that sour taste out of his mouth, when he faces the Padres at Petco Park in the second of a four-game set between the division rivals. To do so, he'll have to beat the team that's given him 40 percent of his losses this season.
In four starts against San Diego in 2013, Miley is 0-4 with a 5.82 ERA. Against all other teams, he is 10-6 with a 3.48 ERA.
In that last outing vs. Los Angeles, Miley only allowed three earned runs in five innings, but he struggled with his command, walking four and giving up five hits.
"I just wasn't throwing strikes," Miley said. "I tried to keep it there, but it was a battle today."
Opposing Miley will be Tyson Ross, who has started against the D-backs twice this year with two very different results. On July 28, the right-hander tossed eight innings and struck out seven in a 1-0 victory over All-Star Patrick Corbin. On Aug. 26, he gave up six runs (four earned) in six innings and took the loss despite striking out six.
The 26-year-old is coming off a stellar outing in Pittsburgh last week, when he held the Pirates to two runs on just three hits and no walks in seven innings. But he didn't get a decision and hasn't won since Aug. 10.
"Tyson here in the second half, it's been good fastball velocity," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's using his fastball and he's getting it in the strike zone. Previous Tyson early in his career, he was a little erratic with the fastball. I think the slider has always been there as a good pitch for him. He has really worked hard getting the fastball in the strike zone, especially early in the count."
Padres: Venable may be done for the year
Will Venable, who has played more games than any other Padres player in 2013, was out of the starting lineup on Monday with an "abdominal situation," manager Bud Black said.
"It's where the hip flexor meets the abdomen, he's a little sore," Black said. "We are going to keep an eye on him for the next 24, 48 hours."
The Padres have just six games left and Black said he wasn't sure when, or if, Venable would appear in the lineup again.
Venable has played in 146 games this season and leads the team in hits (125), triples (seven), home runs (22) and is tied with Jedd Gyorko for the team lead in RBIs (53).
D-backs: Bradley, Owings take home awards
The D-backs named right-hander Archie Bradley as the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, while shortstop Chris Owings took home the Player of the Year award.
Bradley started the year with Class A Visalia, and after compiling a 1.26 ERA in five starts, he was promoted to Double-A Mobile. In 21 starts for the BayBears, Bradley was 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA and helped Mobile to the Southern League Championship Series.
"Between two levels, to win 14 games with a sub-two ERA, with a good strikeout to walk ratio," D-backs GM Kevin Towers said, "basically he held his stuff throughout the season and didn't seem to tire."
Bradley is expected to be a non-roster invitee to big league camp next spring with a chance to crack the Opening Day rotation.
Owings, meanwhile, was named the Pacific Coast League's Most Valuable Player after hitting .330 with 31 doubles, 12 homers and 81 RBIs in 125 games for Triple-A Reno. He has been with the D-backs since the early portion of September, and is hitting .308.
• The Padres are 10-6 against the D-backs this season.
• Miguel Montero needs one double to tie Steve Finley (150) for fifth and five RBIs to tie Matt Williams (381) for fourth on the D-backs' all-time list.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.