The Nationals have outscored our Padres an embarrassing 15-1 over the last two games. But there's still a chance to split the series in Washington.
Ian Kennedy will try to make that happen as goes to the mound for his sixth start of the season this morning. The lefty is just 1-3 on the season, but has been more of a victim of a hapless offense more than anything. He's given up 12 runs through his first five starts, spanning 30 innings, but has only received five runs of support. He has issued five walks while collecting 28 strikeouts on the season.
His opponent today will be Taylor Jordan, who may be just what the Padres need. The righty, in his sophomore year in the big leagues, has lost three straight starts coming into today's finale. Since his season debut on April 6th when he kept the Braves to just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work, he has struggled, giving up an 18 runs over his last three while pitching 15 1/3 innings. That makes him 0-3 with an 8.22 ERA in that stretch. Today will be his first career outing against San Diego.
Make sure to tune in for the second straight day of breakfast baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 PDT this morning.