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Padres Preview: Clayton Richard vs. Jimmy Nelson & the Milwaukee Brewers

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One exciting win deserves another

MLB: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
Clayton Richard and Erick Aybar are discussing items from Travis Jankowski’s wedding registry.
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

If you didn’t stay up for last night’s walkoff win, you missed an exciting game. Yeah, the defense got sloppy, and the bullpen kept Luis Perdomo away from his first win of the year after a dominating performance, but Hunter Renfroe’s bomb to end the game make it all worth it. Tonight the Padres face the Brewers for game two of the four-game series.

Clayton Richard is coming off an excellent seven-inning, one-run start in Texas where the only ding on his record was a solo homer. Groundballs are his game, and the Brewers hit more home runs than any team in the league. Once again, keeping the ball on the ground, or at least in the park, will be key in tonight’s game. Another key will be tightening the defensive issues that have been plaguing this inexperienced team lately. Former Brewer farmhand Miguel Diaz hasn’t seen game action since May 9th, but it would be nice to see the Rule 5 draftee get a chance to show his old club what he can do.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
I like how his changeup grip kinda matches the logo on his cap.
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Nelson is coming off a quality start of his own, having gone 6-2/3 innings against Boston and only surrendering one unearned run. Like Richard, Nelson is a groundball pitcher, but he mixes in the occasional curveball into his repertoire and strikes hitters out a little more than Richard. The Brewers ran five relievers out in last night’s game, so expect manager Craig Cousell to give Nelson a long rope in tonight’s contest.

The Brewers and the Padres are at similar points in their rebuilding processes. That makes for some exciting moments on the field, and tonight should continue that trend. Let’s hope that the winning trend can continue as well!

Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego
Online: MLB.TV