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Padres Preview: 06/08 Friars once again try to complete a sweep

Padres ace Drew Pomeranz is on the hill for the series finale against the Braves.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres and Braves complete their series at Petco Park this afternoon with a getaway day game. While the Padres will try to complete their elusive first sweep of the season, the Braves will try to end a string of 12 straight losses in San Diego.

On the Friars' side will be Drew Pomeranz, who continues to be a pleasant surprise in 2016. The left-hander opened the season as the Padres' 5th starter but has since pitched his way into the role of ace, posting a staff-leading 2.22 ERA through his first 11 starts. He's coming off one of his best performances, a seven-inning two-hit shutout against the Rockies, whom he struck out eight times (only his third highest strikeout total this year).

This will be just his second career matchup against Atlanta. The first came all the way back in 2012 during Pomeranz's sophomore season in the big leagues as a member of the Rockies. The lefty only lasted three innings against them, but they were three scoreless innings and he allowed only three hits, issued no walks, and collected three strikeouts, though it did take him 72 pitches to get through it.

Taking the mound for the Braves will be Julio Teheran. His last time out he only gave up three hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Dodgers, but they were all home runs and all the Dodgers needed to beat the stumbling Braves. But Teheran has been relatively impressive for Atlanta this season, posting a 2.92 ERA though his first 12 starts and definitely pitching better than his 1-6 record might suggest. Through his six seasons as a Major League pitcher, the right-hander has faced the Padres five times, going 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA.

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES SAN DIEGO PADRES
Ender Inciarte - CF Jon Jay - CF
Chase d'Arnaud - 2B Wil Myers - 1B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Matt Kemp - RF
Jeff Francoeur - LF Yangervis Solarte - 3B
Nick Markakis - RF Melvin Upton Jr. - LF
Tyler Flowers - C Christian Bethancourt - C
Adonis Garcia - 3B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Daniel Castro - SS Alexi Amarista - 2B
Julio Teheran - RHP Drew Pomeranz - LHP

Game time: 12:40 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)

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