San Diego Padres: Joey Fuego Pt. 2 & Friars Lineup for Series Finale

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 30: Joey Lucchesi
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 30: Joey Lucchesi /

The San Diego Padres are back in action this afternoon in their series finale with the Colorado Rockies, looking to salvage a split of the four-game set.

Things are generally back to normal today for the San Diego Padres, lineup-wise. Manuel Margot is back in center field leading off. Jose Pirela returns to left-field, and Hunter Renfroe will assume the position in right.

After a two-hit game from Cory Spangenberg in last night’s 5-2 loss, Renfroe will get the call today as the Friars face Colorado’s left-hander Tyler Anderson.

Joey Fuego goes for his first MLB win today

Starting on the hill for the Friars today will be rookie, Joey Lucchesi, making his second MLB start. He was somewhat encouraging first outing (4.2 innings, three earned runs, one strikeout, no walks).

The 6’5″ 24-year-old lefty is certainly looking to build off of a decent showing in his debut last week against the offensively potent Milwaukee Brewers with a similarly strong showing against a similarly strong Rockies offense.

While allowing seven hits over four and two-thirds is nothing to write home about, for a pitcher who wasn’t supposed to be in that position until a little later in the year, if that, heading into Spring Training, there are plenty of building blocks for the talented left-hander with the funky-delivery.

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Padres lineup for get-away day vs. Colorado

The rest of the Friars’ lineup will look like this: Margot leading off, followed by Pirela, Hosmer, and Renfroe. Christian Villanueva gets the start again at third base, hitting fifth.

Freddy Galvis will hit sixth, moving up a spot today. Carlos Asuaje will hit seventh, playing second base, with Austin Hedges and Joey Fuego rounding out the batting order.

Manny Margot is hitting .500 in six at-bats against Anderson and Villanueva is hitting .667 with a home run and two RBI in three at-bats.

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Hedgie and Hunter Renfroe are both hitless against the left-hander, in four and two at-bats, respectively.