Fourth of July Game Thread: Padres @ Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Manager Bud Black of the San Diego Padres watches the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks from the dugout at Chase Field on September 11, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. MLB players and coaches wore a an American flag on the back of their jerseys as well as their ball caps. (Photo by Chris Pondy/Getty Images)
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Last night, our boys clinched their second consecutive series. This current four-game win streak is our longest of the season, and today we will get a chance to extend it even more with a sweep of the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Ian Kennedy will try to get the Dbacks back on track and avoid the sweep today in the finale of this three-game set. In his last start, he gave up three runs (two unearned) in seven innings against Milwaukee, striking out seven batters and issuing only one walk. It was one of his strongest starts of the season and he will try to build off that success. He has pitched against us once this season, lasting six innings in San Diego and allowing only one run while striking out nine to get the win.

Hopefully we will have better luck against Kennedy tonight as we attempt to win our fifth straight game and complete a sweep for just the second time this season. Jason Marquis is set to make his 13th start of the season, and sixth start for the Padres, after having a rough outing against the Rockies last Friday. He gave up six runs (one unearned) in six innings. He is 1-4 on the year as a Padres, and has a career 0-4 record at Chase Field, so he will try to improve on both of those records today.

Bud Black decided to have some... uh, fun... with the lineup today.

Carlos Quentin, Will Venable, and Yasmani Grandal will all be on the bench today. Also, Alexi Amarista will make a start in left field. Okay, Buddy. We'll see how this goes.

Hope all our Gaslamp Ballers in the States are having a happy and safe Fourth of July! Let's hope our boys give us even more reason to celebrate tonight!

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!! GET THE SWEEP!!

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