The Padres failed to score a run in their series opener with the Dodgers last night, and it sucked. Hopefully they'll have more success tonight as they look to even up the series, and get back even in the NL West Standings.
Ian Kennedy will get the start, having been reactivated from the disabled list earlier today.
Padres have activated Ian Kennedy from DL for tonight's game. Garces optioned to AAA.— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) April 25, 2015
We got a little spoiled over the past couple weeks with Odrisamer Despaigne pitching lights out in Kennedy's place, but as expected he is back in the bullpen now that IPK has returned to the rotation. Kennedy will be making just his second start of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in the third inning of his 2015 debut. Dodgers fans aren't too fond of Kennedy for a few reasons, the biggest of which might be an incident in 2013. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick put it:
He has had a history of friction with the Dodgers, most notably the 2013 brawl at Dodger Stadium triggered when Kennedy hit Zack Greinke with a pitch after Greinke hit Miguel Montero with a pitch in retaliation for Kennedy hitting Yasiel Puig with a pitch. The brawl resulted in five ejections.
Kennedy is 5-7 with a 4.08 ERA all-time against the Dodgers, with 17 total appearances against them. Tonight he'll face Brandon McCarthy, who has dominated the Padres in the past. In seven career starts against San Diego, McCarthy is 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA. Of those seven outings, three took place at Petco Park, where he is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
The game gets underway at 5:40 pm PT.
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