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05/31 Game Thread: Padres (29-27) vs. Marlins (19-35)

MLB: San Diego Padres at Toronto Blue Jays Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins

WHAT: Padres return home to begin a homestand.

WHEN: Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:10 p.m.

WHERE: PetCo Park

HOW: Watch on FOX Sports San Diego (or FOX Sports Go), listen on 97.3FM The Fan. Spanish broadcasts on FOX Deportes San Diego and XEMO 860AM.

WHY: Following a rough series with the powerhouse New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres have an opportunity to get back in the win column against the hapless Miami Marlins. On the mound for the Friars, Joey Lucchesi has been nearly dominant at home. The second-year lefty sports a sub-3.00 ERA at PetCo Park.

For the Marlins, Caleb Smith was fantastic in April, but his effectiveness had steadily been trending toward average when in his last outing he was knocked around to the tune of 5 runs in only 3 innings.

Offensively, the Padres have been one of baseball’s better hitting clubs over the last week thanks primarily to the efforts of Hunter Renfroe, Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, and Austin Hedges. All four have clubbed at least two home runs each during that stretch.