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04/21 Padres Preview: Game 20 @ Brewers

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Padres begin a three-game series this afternoon against the team with the best record in baseball.

Magic Flying Ball is back to help out his buddy Cashner at Miller Park tonight.
Magic Flying Ball is back to help out his buddy Cashner at Miller Park tonight.
Mike McGinnis

Coming off a successful homestand, our Padres hit the road for ten more games to close out the month of April. The Padres didn't lose any of the three series they played at home over the last ten days; starting with a series win against a tough Tigers team, then a four-game set which they split against the Rockies, and finishing with their second series win over the Giants.

The ten-game stretch on the road begins in Milwaukee for three games against the BrewersAndrew Cashner will kick off the series tonight and try to continue being one of the more dominant pitchers in the league. Dating back to 2013, Cashner has kept opponents to two runs or less in each of his last ten starts. In his four appearances this year, he's only allowed four earned runs in 28 1/3 innings, including 9 scoreless innings en route to a one-hit complete-game shutout on April 11th. He has been quite successful against the Brewers in the past. In eight career outings (two starts) spanning work with the Padres and the Cubs, he is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA against Milwaukee.

The Brewers might be one the toughest teams Cashner will face this season. They come into this series having won three of four against their division rival, the Pirates, and boasting the best record (14-5) in the majors. Today's starter, Wily Peralta, has been a big part of their success this season. He's allowed eight runs over his three starts (18 1/3 innings) this year, though only four of those runs were earned, and the Brewers have gone on to win each of those outings. His last time out he stopped the Cardinals' four-game winning streak, giving up just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work.

First pitch at Miller Park is at 5:10 PDT. Join us in the game thread later and see how Cashner fares against the surging Brewers.