MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 4 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 12152
San Diego0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 492
  W: F. Montas (4-1)   L: J. Lucchesi (3-3)
12:40 PM PT1:40 PM MT2:40 PM CT3:40 PM ET15:40 ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 PM MST2:40 PM EST3:10 PM VEN23:40 UAE2:40 PM CT, June 20, 2018
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 28,225

Padres will activate Lucchesi to face A's

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Oakland Athletics at San Diego Padres

  1. The Athletics are 3-2 in interleague play after a two-game road series split with the Dodgers and 2-1 series victory at home versus the Diamondbacks. The Padres are 1-2 after an April series loss against the Astros. These two teams last met in 2015, when the A's took three of four from the Padres over a couple of two-game series.
  2. Two of Oakland's last three wins have come by one run. On the year, the A's are 12-7 (.632) in one-run games, trailing only the Mariners (23-10, .697) and the Yankees (12-4, .750) for the best record in the AL in such games.
  3. San Diego lost three of four games in Atlanta directly following a stretch of four wins in five games. The Padres scored nine runs in their win against the Braves compared to three total runs across their three losses.
  4. San Diego and Oakland rank first and second in batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position with respective marks of .287 and .266. Manuel Margot (.389) leads the Padres while Mark Canha (.550) leads the A's (min. 15 AB in situation).
  5. Mark Canha is batting .279 off left-handed pitching with a .922 OPS in 2018. He has hit six home runs off southpaws compared to two off righties. His differential of four (more vs. LHP) trails only Christian Villanueva's difference of seven (11 of LHP vs. 4 off RHP).
  6. Among pitchers who have made at least five road starts since the start of 2017, Paul Blackburn's 1.47 ERA is the lowest in MLB, ahead of Max Scherzer's 1.93 mark.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/19/2018 thru 6/20/2018

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi will be activated from the San Diego Padres' 10-day disabled list Wednesday morning to face the Oakland A's in the finale of an abbreviated, two-game homestand at Petco Park.

Lucchesi (3-2, 3.23 ERA) will oppose A's right-hander Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.67) as the Padres seek to snap a four-game losing streak during a run of in which they play 17 of 19 games on the road.

The 25-year-old Lucchesi has been on the disabled list since May 14 when he suffered a strained glute muscle while making his ninth major league start. He made one rehab start with Advanced Class-A Lake Elsinore last Thursday and hit a batter with six strikeouts over four hitless, shutout innings.

"Obviously, he's going to be monitored a little bit," Padres manager Andy Green said of Lucchesi. "We're strong enough in the bullpen to cover whatever we need to cover. I can see him going five innings and, in an ideal world, going six. There's no anticipation of more. Five or six is what you're expecting from a No. 4 or 5 starter anyways, so that's plenty enough to give us some length. We're not going into this with the expectation of his glute flaring up. We expect him to be healthy. He felt good in his rehab outing. He bounced off the mound and made a play."

The Padres were looking to the two games against the A's as a brief respite from a streak during which they play only five home games in a span of 32 days.

"I've never seen a schedule like this," said Green.

But the A's ruined the Padres' hopes of a two-game sweep Tuesday night with a game-tying, two-out homer in the ninth by Stephen Piscotty and a game-winning, two-run homer in the 10th by Jed Lowrie. After that 4-2 A's victory it will be up to Montas to complete the sweep.

Montas was recalled from Triple-A Nashville May 27 for his first stint with the A's this year and is scheduled to make his fifth start Wednesday afternoon. Montas won each of his first three starts and allowed two runs or fewer while tossing six or more innings in each of those starts while posting a 1.25 ERA.

He lost his most recent start against Houston in Oakland last Thursday, however, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and four walks with a strikeout over 5 1/3 innings. Before joining the A's, Montas went 1-5 with a 4.39 ERA in nine starts with Nashville, including a 1-2 mark with a 3.24 ERA in four starts in May.

Montas has never faced the Padres. Lucchesi will also be facing the A's for the first time.

In his last two starts, including the one when he injured his glute muscle, Lucchesi gave up four runs on 12 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 10 innings. Lucchesi had given up seven homers in 25 2/3 innings in his five starts prior to going on the disabled list.

Updated June 20, 2018

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