The Padres took game 1 of the series in Colorado thanks to some late-inning heroics from ASG-hopeful Wil Myers. Today they’ll try to clinch the series win with a new face on the mound.
Erik Johnson, newly acquired from the White Sox in the James Shields deal, gets the ball in game 2 for his Padres debut. The 26-year-old righty will be making just his third appearance in the big leagues this season. Other than two spot starts for Chicago in May, Johnson has spent the year with the Triple-A team in Charlotte, where he posted a 2.94 ERA through eight starts.
Prior to 2016, he made 16 Major League starts over parts of three seasons. One of those starts did come against the Rockies at Coors Field, back in 2014. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.
"You hear the whole aspect of Colorado, but I think for me it's really just breaking it down pitch-by-pitch and putting one foot in front of the other," Johnson said. "I know no matter where I am, I'm going to bring the best brand of my baseball I can to help this ball club and put some W's on the board."
Opposite Johnson this afternoon will be another 26-year-old right-hander, Tyler Chatwood, who is making his 13th start of the year. Through his first 12, he’s 7-4 with a 2.79 ERA, including an eight-inning three-hit shutout performance against the Padres at Petco Park last month.
Game time: 1:10 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poseroda 860
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego