05/06 Padres Preview: Game 34 vs. Royals

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Our Padres are looking to get back on track in the quest to their first world series. Tonight they'll go for a third straight win and a series-win clincher against the Royals.

Robbie Erlin has been decent since joining the rotation at the beginning of the year. He had one really troubling outing when he took the mound in D.C., giving up eight earned runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings, but other than that his pitching effort has yielded solid results. In his most recent start, he allowed three runs in 6 2/3 effective innings on the mound, but was tagged with his fourth straight loss. Tonight will be his first career appearance against Kansas City.

The southpaw hasn't gotten the run support from the offense to back his efforts this season. But hopefully the last three games are an indication of an improving offense and tonight Erlin can finally get his second win of the year. After a three-game stretch in which they combined for just two runs, San Diego has scored 13 over their last three. Their collective OPS over that stretch is a .709. There is still a lot of work to do to get to a respectable level, but the recent offensive showing has been encouraging.

Hopefully that offense can show up again tonight against KC's Jeremy Guthrie. The right-hander is looking to help the Royals pin down their first win in eight games in San Diego dating back to 2004. In Guthrie's most recent start, he surrendered four runs in six innings of work, his third time allowing that many runs in his six starts this season. He has pitched three times against the Friars in his career, twice as a starter and once as a reliever, going 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA.

The action gets underway at Petco Park at 7:10 PDT tonight. Join us and see if our Padres can keep the runs coming and continue to get their offensive numbers up.

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