IGD: Padres vs Pirates (23 Sep 06)

first pitch: 7:05 p.m., PT
television: Channel 4SD
matchup: Jake Peavy (9-14, 4.25 ERA) vs Zach Duke (10-13, 4.49 ERA)
previews: Padres.com | SI.com | ESPN
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Joe Freakin’ Randa? You’ve got to be kidding me. Even when he’s not donning a Padres uniform he hurts us.

On the bright side, the Pads won the game in convincing fashion. Still, it would’ve been sweet to see Chris Young hurl the first no-hitter in team history. Just about everyone in our section was on their feet for the final two innings. Good times.

Tonight it’s Jake Peavy and Zach Duke in the Padres’ penultimate regular-season home game. Peavy needs three strikeouts to reach 200 for the second straight season. Duke, meantime, has been tough in the second half, sporting a 3.57 ERA over 85 2/3 innings since the All-Star break. His ERA in September is 1.50 over 30 innings.

In other games of note, the Phillies are up on the Marlins, 4-1 in the fourth as of this writing. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers hook up again in LA at 7:10 p.m. PT. Miguel “The Poet” Batista squares off against Brad “3-2-1 Blastoff” Penny in that one.

I’ll be out at Petco Park once again tonight, so you’re on your own for this one. Go Padres!

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  1. And the Magic Number is now 7.

  2. And the Dodgers are now .5 games back of the Wild Card. It’d be nice to see them fail to make the playoffs after being in first place for so long.

  3. SAN DIEGO (AP) — Trevor Hoffman tied Lee Smith’s career saves record with No. 478 and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Saturday night to retain their lead in the NL West.