The Padres have one last chance, this afternoon, to prevent a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers and salvage a win in this three-game set. Brandon Morrow goes to the hill in the series finale, looking for success in his first ever outing against Los Angeles. The right-hander still has yet to notch a win this season, going decision-less with a 3.15 ERA in his first three starts. He struggled in his latest outing, giving up five runs through six innings in Colorado. Prior to that he had held up a 1.29 ERA over his first two starts of the season.
Although Morrow has never faced the Dodgers before, he has pitched against Adrian Gonzalez. The former Friar is a career 5-for-14 with a couple of doubles off Morrow. Just this season, Gonzalez is 13-for-22 against the Padres, with six home runs and 10 RBI. If you go back to the end of 2014, he is riding an 11-game hitting streak against San Diego, batting .449 with eight homers in that span. He'll be looking to add on today in support of Scott Baker, who will be making his Dodgers debut this afternoon.
The former Yankee, who was signed by the Dodgers last October and opened the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, is the latest in the string of pitchers making spot starts for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu. This will be Baker's third career appearance against the Friars. He won both of his previous outings against them while posting a 1.93 ERA.
The Padres go into today's matchup having lost four straight games, and this will be their first series loss at home since the 2014 All-Star Break. Hopefully they won't make it a sweep.
Game time is 1:10 pm PT.