It’s been a long long road back home for our Padres, but they’ll be back inside the friendly confines of Petco Park tonight for the start of a 7 game homestand and the first of 4 against NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taking the mound is Luis Perdomo (1-3, 6.86 ERA). Perdomo did ok in his first start since returning from AAA, lasting 5 2⁄3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. The righty punched out 3 yet suffered control issues by allowing 4 free passes. It was against these same Dodgers that Luis earned his ticket back to El Paso: you may have already forcefully forgotten his 7 earned runs (9 overall) allowed on 10 hits in just 3 innings way back on April 18th. Perdomo hasn’t historically done well against the Dodgers, carrying a 1-5 record with an inflated 9.55 ERA.
The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw (2-4, 2.86 ERA) out to face the returning Padres. Kershaw has been suffering from various ailments this season and had been shelved for 3 weeks in June with a biceps issue. In this last 3 starts the veteran lefty has allowed only 5 runs on 13 hits. In his last game against Pittsburgh Kershaw surrendered only 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 6 innings for the eventual 8-3 Dodger win. His stats against San Diego are strong, to say the very least: 17-6 with a 1.94 ERA and 7-2 with a 1.72 ERA while in Petco Park.
In Padres roster news Cory Spangenberg and Miguel Diaz are headed back to the minors. Phil Maton and Walker Lockett(?) will join the big league team.
Let’s see if some home cooking can do our boys some good tonight at 7:10 PM!