The Padres were unable to complete the sweep yesterday against the Diamondbacks. Aaron Harang couldn't keep the ball from leaving Petco Park, giving up two monster home runs, but he kept us in the game. However, our bullpen gave up three runs and our offense, after scoring first in the third inning, couldn't make anything else happen at the plate against Arizona starter Joe Saunders, who came within an out of a complete game. The Padres looked like they were going to rally in the ninth, getting two runners on base with two outs, but J.J. Putz was brought out of the Dbacks bullpen and recorded the last out.
Tonight we kick off our last road trip of the season, consisting only of a three game series in Colorado. Kevin Millwood will try to keep impressing the Rockies management, as he has since joining the team in August. In his seven starts with Colorado, he has pitched at least five innings in each and only given up six walks total. He posts a 3.68 ERA and a 3-2 record and hopes to show the Rockies that he belongs in the starting rotation next season.
Southpaw Cory Luebke will toe the rubber for the Padres. He has pitched well for the Padres in his 15 starts this season, but hasn't won a game since August 16th. He has struck out eight or more batters in five of his last eight starts, including his last start, against the Giants, when he pitched a solid six innings and gave up just two runs on 10 hits.
Chase Headley was reactivated from the disabled list today and will be available to pinch hit tonight. Jesus Guzman was a scratched from the lineup with a sore neck and Aaron Cunningham will be making the start in left while Kyle Blanks will move to first base. This series against fourth-place Colorado has no playoff implications whatsoever, so we can't really play spoiler. However, we can still ruin the Rockies' night by getting the victory!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!! RUIN EVERYTHING!!