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Game Thread: 6/26 Padres vs. Braves rubber game

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Sunday lineup via <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/Padres/status/85041156307689472">@Padres</a>.
Sunday lineup via @Padres.

In what looked like a complete turnaround from Friday night, our bats were stifled in last night's 10-1 loss. We were limited to four hits all game and couldn't get the big hit we needed to score runs, leaving five men on base. Our one run came on an Alberto Gonzalez homer to left field. Dustin Moseley did his best to keep the game close in his 5 2/3 innings, but once again our failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities resulted in a loss for him. The Braves piled it on late in the game with three and four runs off Chad Qualls in the 8th and Evan Scribner in the 9th, respectively.

Today's game will decide the winner of the current series. Both games so far have been blowouts (by different teams), so maybe we'll see a closer score in this Sunday day game. Aaron Harang is still on the disabled list, so Cory Luebke will make his first start today after spending time in the bullpen. He has been used mainly as a long reliever out of the 'pen, but is expected to throw 50-70 pitches today. In his last appearance, against the Red Sox, he allowed two runs on one hit in 3 1/3 innings, but struck out six, five of which were consecutive. That game ended in a 5-14 loss, but Cory's outing was an impressive one.

On the Braves' side, Tim Hudson will try to keep the ball rolling and give Atlanta their second series win at Petco park this year. In his last three starts, dating back to June 10, he has pitched 18 innings and allowed just four runs total. Over that span his ERA is 2.00 and he has a 16-2 K/BB ratio.

This is the last time we will face the Braves in the regular season, so whoever wins today will also win the season series between the two teams. We have lost four of the last five season series against Atlanta and our last season-series win was in 2005. There is a lot on the line today and we need to keep the momentum going to make a run and remain relevant in the standings.

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!