The Padres’ offense came out swinging, scoring 7 runs in the first two innings of last night’s game; this marked only the second time in Petco Park’s history that the Friars scored three-or-more runs in each of the first two innings of a game (August 17, 2004 vs. Atlanta). The Padres will look to build upon last night’s success as they face the Cubs tonight for game three of their current four-game series.
Billy Buckner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his season debut for the Padres this season. Buckner was called up earlier today from Triple-A El Paso (3-0, 2.89 ERA). Tonight will be Buckner’s first major league start since last season on June 26th when he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Buckner will be facing a Cubs team with only three players having previously faced Buckner. Chris Coghlan (0-for-3) is the only Cubs player who has faced Buckner more than once.
Chicago will be sending Travis Wood (4-4, 4.61) to the mound trying to subdue the Padres’ recent offensive outburst. This will be a tall task for Wood; he has not pitched well on the road this season. In 21 1/3 innings, Wood has allowed 19 runs for an 8.02 ERA on the season. The Padres will look to build on last night’s success to help them inch towards the .500 line.
– Tonight is a Padres’ Brownout, players will wear brown jersey tops in honor of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 season, which the Padres made it to the franchise’s first World Series.
– The Padre pitching staff currently owns the third best team ERA of 3.11 only behind Atlanta (2.84) and Oakland (2.88).