After failing to get anything going behind Andrew Cashner last night, our Padres have one last chance to salvage a win this morning at Marlins Park. Ian Kennedy will take the hill in the series finale. He allowed three earned runs in five innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday. After giving up a two-run inning in the 1st to Yasiel Puig, he settled down and kept the Dodgers to one run over the next four innings. But he wasted a lot of pitches along the way - 103 pitches to be exact. Hopefully he can be more efficient today and keep the Marlins off the board.
But a good outing by Kennedy will be for naught if the offense can't get anything going again. As a team, the Padres are batting just .185 while scoring just eight runs over their first five games. They're batting even worse (.108) with runners in scoring position. They're also riding a five-game losing streak in Miami, hitting .172 while being outscored 30-5 during the skid.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are swinging hot bats to begin their season. Their 5-1 start is their best in five years. Through six games, they've hit a collective .313 while totaling 40 runs.
Today they'll send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to try to get his second straight win of the season and second career win over the Padres. In two prior starts against San Diego, Eovaldi has gone 1-0, allowing just one run over 11 1/3 innings. In his 2014 debut on Tuesday, he gave up two runs in six innings of work, striking out six en route to a 4-3 win over the Rockies.
Tune in for breakfast baseball at 10:10 as our Padres close out the series in Miami.