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Game Thread: 06/25 Padres @ Astros

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 16: Ross Ohlendorf #59 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of an interleague game at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 16: Ross Ohlendorf #59 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of an interleague game at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Coming off an emotional win against the Mariners yesterday, our Padres kick off a four-game series in Houston tonight. Ross Ohlendorf will make the start in his fourth Padres appearance since being signed by San Diego on June 4th. In his most recent outing, he took the mound in Oakland on June 16th. He pitched a no-hitter for the first three innings, but went downhill from there. He ended up throwing 85 pitches over 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs, but came out with a no-decision. Prior to that, he pitched 4 1/3 innings in Milwaukee in relief of Andrew Cashner. In that appearance, he gave up just one earned run on five hits and struck out four to earn himself a win.

Unlike Ohlendorf, who is the 12th different pitcher to have made a start for San Diego this season, Wandy Rodriguez has been a consistent member of the Astros rotation for years. He has made 15 starts so far this season, earning himself a 6-5 record. His last time out, his offense failed to give him any run support and he took a 2-0 loss against the Royals. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Today he will look to his offense to back him up and get some runs off Ohlendorf to keep him above .500 on the season.

Today's game will be the first of eight in which these two teams will play each other over the next 3 1/2 weeks. Hopefully our boys can carry over the momentum from the Mariners series and make it a strong start to this season series against Houston.

GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!