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Game 138 Preview: 09/07 Padres vs. Rockies

The Padres and Rockies open up a four-game set at Petco Park this afternoon.

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The Padres wrapped up their four-game set against the Dodgers yesterday and they'll begin another four-game set this afternoon when the Rockies come to town.  The fourth game of the series, on Thursday afternoon, will be a make-up game for the rainout that occured in San Diego on July 19th. Hopefully by Thursday the Padres will have wrapped up a series win and will be looking for a four-game sweep.

First up on the mound for the Padres will be Ian Kennedy, who is coming off a no-decision against the Rangers. He pitched well in Arlington, though, giving up only two runs on five hits and a couple of walks through seven innings of work. He also struck out seven batters in that outing, matching a career high. Despite some struggles this season, the right-hander has been solid in his nine starts since the All-Star Break. During that stretch he's gone 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA, averaging about 6 1/3 innings per game.

Kennedy has fared pretty well against Colorado in the past. He has a career 6-5 record and 2.79  ERA against them in 20 starts. He went 1-1 against them in two games earlier this season, but pitched well both times. In the first of those outings, on May 1st at Petco Park, he kept them to two runs - both on solo shots - and four hits altogether in six innings of work. He threw 6 2/3 frames his second time around on August 16th in Colorado. That time he gave up four runs on four hits, but only one of those runs were earned.

The Rockies' Kyle Kendrick also made two prior starts against the Padres this season. He went seven innings and got a no-decision the first time, allowing four runs on seven hits, during the Friars' first trip of the year to Coors Field. Two starts later, At Petco Park, Kendrick gave up six runs - all earned - and only lasted five innings on the mound, resulting in a losing decision. He is 4-3 with a 4.94 record all-time against San Diego.

Kendrick missed all of August with right shoulder inflammation, but made his return last Tuesday to face Arizona. He He kept the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits (including one home run) and two walks.

Game time: 1:10 pm PT
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860

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