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Game Thread: 05/16 Padres vs. Dodgers

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May 5, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (33) throws during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
May 5, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (33) throws during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Our Padres are coming off a confidence-boosting 6-1 win against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals yesterday and split the two-game series. Anthony Bass put up a very strong performance and our Padres played some great baseball to get to Strasburg and come out with a victory. Today they open up another two-game series at home against our Southern California rivals, the Dodgers.

We will send Clayton Richard to the mound to try to turn his luck around against LA. He has lost his last five starts, and in those starts he has racked up a 6.32 ERA. Today he hopes to go back to the form he was in the first time he faced the Dodgers this year, when he pitched seven solid innings without allowing an earned run in his season debut. Richard is 5-1 in nine career starts against the Dodgers so hopefully he can continue to dominate them.

LA will send a lefty to the mound as well. Chris Capuano is undefeated this season for the Dodgers, but our Padres will try to change that. He has gone seven innings in each of his last three starts and has given up only six runs total in his last six starts. However, our Padres have faced worst (see: Strasburg, Halladay), so hopefully the team can build off its solid performance yesterday and get Richard his second win.

B Cres will be in the house today filling Petco Park with some sweet organ tunes. If you're going to the game, stop by section 311/313 and say hi!

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!