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Bring out the brooms! Game Thread: 6/29 Padres vs. Royals

Dear Royals,

Love, jodes

Our Padres will attempt to complete their first sweep of the season today. Heath Bell is pumped, but how could he not be after recording his 22nd save last night?:

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And what a save it was! After a terrific outing by Clayton Richard, backed up by a solid offensive performance, and a shutout eighth inning by reliever Mike Adams, Bell pitched himself out of a little drama to solidify the win, clinching our third series win in a row.

Today we will count on Tim Stauffer to lead us to victory in the series finale. Stauffer has been nothing short of impressive this season and his last outing was an 11-2 victory against the Braves in Atlanta. Our offense lately has been battling back from a rough start to the season, hitting more solidly and looking more confident at the plate, which has translated to more run support for our pitching staff. Hopefully that trend continues today against Kansas City southpaw Bruce Chen.

This will be Chen's second start since coming off the disabled list. In his last outing he gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He is 4-1 on the season with a 3.88 ERA. He's hoping to finally end the Royals' winless streak at Petco Park and prevent a sweep in San Diego.

With last night's win (and with some help from the Twins), our Padres have moved into a fourth-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West standings. As I'm writing this, Minnesota is up 1-0 on LA in the bottom of the second, so hopefully they keep that up. It would be nice to end this homestand out of the NL West cellar. Especially considering the upcoming road trip where we'll face three of our most hated rivals: the Mariners, Giants, and Dodgers. We have the potential to go into the All-Star Break as a threat to our NL West foes, and a sweep today would be a great start.

No channel 4 broadcast for today's day game, but in-market fans can watch for free on MLB.TV.