After dropping the series to the Giants, our Padres are on the road again for the final stretch before the All Star Break. Tonight they face another NL West rival as they begin a three-game set in Colorado.
Ian Kennedy gets the ball in game 1, coming off a great outing against the Reds. He kept them to one run in six innings of work to earn the win, helping the Padres to a series sweep. Prior to that, Kennedy had gone 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA over four starts. He is also 0-3 in his last five against the Rockies, although he posted a respectable 2.61 ERA in those outings. One of those took place earlier this season, when he gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss at Petco Park.
IPK will be going against Rockies Rookie Tyler Matzek. Colorado's pitching staff has been hindering it's success lately, so the team will look to Matzek to try to put an end to the bleeding. He'll need more help than he's been getting lately, however. After winning his major league debut on June 11th, the Rockies have lost each of his outings since. The young southpaw is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in that stretch.
Padres and Rockies take the field tonight at 5:40 PDT.