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Game 69 Preview: 06/18 Padres @ Athletics


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It's been a rough week for the Friar Faithful.  It all started with Sunday's loss at home against the Dodgers - Bud Black's last game as Padres skipper.  Then three straight losses against the last-place Oakland Athletics in which the Padres were outscored 31 runs to 8.  They have one last chance to salvage a win (and maybe a tiny bit of dignity) against the A's, and it'll be a quick turnaround from last night's game. This afternoon they wrap up the four-game home-and-home series and hopefully end it on a positive note.

The Friars will have to rely on Ian Kennedy to dig deep and find a way to keep the A's off the board today. But if his prior experience against Oakland is any indication, we might be in for another long and painful game. In his only career outing against the A's, Kennedy give up seven runs - all earned - on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.  That was all the way back in 2011, though, while Kennedy was pitching for the Dimondbacks.  Kennedy is coming off one of his best outings of the year.  He tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers on Saturday, collecting four strikeouts and only walking one batter along the way.  He got the no-decision that time, but his efforts helped the Padres to their most recent win - a result he can hopefully help replicate today.

But standing in the Padres' way will be Kendall Graveman.  The young righty will take the mound for Oakland, making his 10th start of the season and first ever outing against San Diego.  Graveman is coming off his first career complete game. He kept the Angels to only one run, but was tagged with a loss due to zero run support from the A's offense. Hopefully for the Padres, the A's will have no more runs left in them after putting up 16 last night alone and their win streak will end at four.

Game time: 12:37 pm PT
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)
Radio: The Mighty 1090, Xemo 860 (Sp.)

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