Padres Turn to Kennedy To Begin Home Stand


Mar 6, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (22) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres are set to begin a six-game homestand tonight against the Minnesota Twins. They will play a two-game interleague series. Former Friar Kevin Correia (1-5, 6.80 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins; he played in San Diego during the 2009-10 seasons. Corriea has allowed at least 4 runs in 4 out of his last 5 starts. The Padres will look to hit him early and often.

The Padres counter with Ian Kennedy (2-5, 3.60 ERA) who is bouncing back from his worst start of the season in which he allowed 5 runs in 6 innings. In his previous 4 starts before his last game, he had only allowed 6 runs in his last 4 games (25 IP). Kennedy pitched a masterful game his last start at home pitching 7 strong innings of 1-run ball, while striking out a career high 12 batters. Bud Black and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping to get THAT Kennedy on the mound.

Seth Smith and Will Venable, both in the lineup tonight, have had success against Correia. Smith is 6-for-15 in his career while Venable is 4-for-9 lifetime against Correia.

First Pitch is at 10:10 pm ET. Be sure to check back in after the game for the Padres’ game recap!

Keep the Faith.