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Padres Preview: 06/19 Drew Pomeranz takes the hill in finale against Nationals

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In the finale of the four-game set against the Nationals, the Padres will hand the ball to their ace as they go for the split. Drew Pomeranz struggled a bit in his last two starts, but he remains the most reliable and solid arms in the Padres rotation - not to mention the only San Diego pitcher who has not yet missed a start in 2016.

Pomeranz gave up a combined eight earned runs on 14 hits through ten innings of work in his last two starts. It’s the first time he’s given up more than two runs in two consecutive games this season. But the left-hander still sits at a 2.88 ERA on the season. His 5-7 record through his first 13 starts is not ideal, but hopefully the Padres can help him improve on that this afternoon as he makes his second career appearance against the Nationals. In his only previous outing against them he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez, who has faced the Padres four times in his career. Through those four starts, he went 2-1 while allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 23 hits. Gonzalez hasn’t gotten a winning decision in over a month. In five starts since his last win, on May 18th, the lefty has gona 0-4 while posting a 7.45 ERA.

Game time: 1:40 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)