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Game Thread: 04/17 Padres @ Rockies

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Last night, dude. Last night was just what we needed. A good offensive showing and an overall outstanding pitching performance by Cory Luebke, backed by solid defense against the Rockies. Chase Headley and Nick Hundley both had really great offensive performances, which were much needed. I know hitting in Coors Field isn't the same as hitting in other ballparks, but last night gave us a glimpse of the Padres team we've all been waiting to see. Now they just need to carry that performance over tonight against Jamie Moyer and continue to play well. Once we start stringing together winning streaks, we can turn this season around from the rough beginning it has had and get back in the race.

Tonight, Anthony Bass will try to match Luebke's pitching success at Coors Field. He made his first start last week against the Diamondbacks in place of the injured Dustin Moseley. He only went 4.1 innings because Bud wanted to limit his pitch count, but he pitched well while he was in. Our offense seemed to be doing everything right last night, so hopefully they have some runs left in them for Bass tonight. They will be looking to veteran Mark Kotsay to lead them to another victory. Kotsay, who returned yesterday after starting the season on the DL, has a career .305 average at Coors Field and a career .567 average against Jamie Moyer.

Moyer will take the mound for Colorado and, at age 49, try to break the record for oldest major league pitcher to earn a win. He is 0-2 in two previous starts this season, so he hopes his offense will fare better for him tonight as he tries to keep the Padres' bats quiet.

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!