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07/24 Padres Preview: Game 102 @ Milwaukee

Sean O'Sullivan makes his second Padres start and will try to clinch a series win against Kyle Lohse in game 3.


The Padres are on a two-game winning streak and have secured at least a series split against the Brewers. They've had a couple of great pitching performances from Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross in the first two games of this four-game set, and tonight they'll look to hometown boy Sean O`Sullivan to continue the trend.

The right-hander is making the start for Jason Marquis, who will need Tommy John surgery as it turns out after suffering significant damage to his UCL. O'Sullivan made his Padres debut earlier this month in front of a sold-out crowd at Petco Park. Though he only allowed two runs against the Giants, he was pulled after throwing 102 pitches through just five innings.

The Padres put together six runs on 15 hits in their win last night. Will Venable continued his domination of Miller Park, where he has hit better than in any other ballpark over his career. His three hits last night raised his lifetime average over 18 games in Milwaukee to .397. Though he's batting just .232 this season, he is 8-for-21 with a couple of home runs in his last five games. Similarly, Nick Hundley is 8-for-18 with two homers in his last five, including one last night among his three hits. The Padres have now won four of their last six games while hitting a collective .308 with seven homers and 34 total runs.

Tonight in game 3 at Miller Park, they will try to keep up the offensive production against Kyle Lohse, who has proven to be a smart free-agent signing for Milwaukee this season. He is 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last ten starts and has won four straight at home. Tonight he'll try to improve on that record even further and get his team back in the win column after they dropped the first two games of the series. Lohse is 4-4 with a 4.69 ERA all-time against San Diego, but he has won three of his last four against them while posting a 2.63 ERA. One of those wins came earlier this season when the Brewers visited Petco Park in April; he gave up just one run in five innings of work.