Series Preview: Rockies Enter Town To Battle Padres

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Game Three

The finale will have Ian Kennedy (8-10, 3.51 ERA) and Tyler Matzek (2-7, 5.32 ERA). Kennedy is second on the team in strikeouts with 155, which also makes him 7th in the National League. He has only allowed 5 runs in his last 3 starts and has struck out 13 in that span. In Kennedy’s last start against Colorado, he pitched 7 strong innings, striking out 9 and only allowing one run. He has faced the Rockies one other time this year, also going 7 innings in that start, striking out 7 and allowing 3 runs. He is 1-1 in those 2 starts. He is 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 12 starts at Petco Park this year.

The rookie Matzek has faced the Padres once this year already.  The Friars roughed him up for 5 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings, tagging him with the loss. He has struggled lately as well. In his last two starts, he has allowed 11 total runs on 14 hits with 7 walks. He has lost 3 consecutive starts.  He has not fared well against NL West teams, allowing 8 runs in 11 innings. He also has struggled on the road with a 6.00 ERA in 6 starts.