Ian Kennedy's last time out, he opened his start with five no-hit innings against the Rockies. On Tuesday, he'll need that kind of stuff against the team with the best record in baseball.
Kennedy makes his fourth start of the season when the Padres face the Brewers and ace Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park.
In that start against the Rockies, Kennedy didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, and that was one that glanced off the third-base bag. Kennedy's fastball was crisp and his secondary pitches, especially his curveball and changeup, were plus-pitches for him that afternoon.
"He didn't miss a spot, didn't miss anything, for the first five innings," said Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
That might not bode well for the Brewers, who haven't performed as well offensively in their cozy ballpark as they have on the road.
It's still a small sample size, but the Brewers entered Monday leading the Majors with 60 runs scored in 10 road games, with a .306 average, an .867 OPS and 15 home runs. In the same number of home games, the Brewers have scored 25 runs and hit six home runs. Entering Tuesday's action, their batting average at home is .210 and their OPS is .589.
The quality pitching of the Braves and Cardinals has played a role, but those are puzzling early-season numbers for a team in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
"I really haven't looked at those that much," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you guys bring it up, then I usually go and look at it. So if it's not something that I'm worried about, then I just let it go. If you look at guys from year to year, it's amazing how it changes. If you look at the splits, what guys go against lefties and righties, and not just the hitters, but the pitchers, too, it changes from year to year. I don't know why that is, but it seems to.
"So I think we make more of it than what it is. You guys were coming to me a couple of years ago about why were we so bad on the road. Why are we better this year? I have no idea. We're just playing good baseball."
Padres: Vincent continues to shine
Reliever Nick Vincent has not only become a dependable arm in the Padres' bullpen, but a successful one at that.
Vincent hasn't allowed a run or even a hit in his last seven appearances. The last time he allowed a run and a hit came on April 4 against the Marlins.
"We've got seven guys in the bullpen, and a lot of times, the notoriety just goes to the guys at the back end," said Padres manager Bud Black. "But to a baseball team, these guys are very valuable. … Nick has done a very good job."
During Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Giants, he struck out the side, setting down Buster Posey, Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval.
Brewers: Waiting for word on suspensions
Center fielder and leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez wavered a bit Monday on his earlier pledge to appeal whatever suspension he received in his role in a benches-clearing incident at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon. On Monday, Gomez said he was waiting on the severity of his penalty before making a decision.
If he does appeal, Gomez could continue playing until his case his heard.
"Gomey needs to be himself and do what he does," Roenicke said. "When things happen, yeah, he could be calmer than what he is. But there's no way any player is not going to respond to a guy saying something to him, yelling at him like that. There's no way. ... We talked about what happened. We'll leave it at that."
• Regular Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy will be back behind the plate Tuesday after getting Monday off. Roenicke said he rested Lucroy because he'd caught all 14 innings on Sunday. The timing made further sense, because backup catcher Martin Maldonado could also face discipline for his role in Sunday's incident.
• When Padres catcher Rene Rivera threw out Ryan Braun trying to steal in the fifth inning of Monday's game, it gave the team its first catcher caught stealing of the season. The Padres were 0-for-19 to that point, having allowed two stolen bases earlier in the game.