Atlanta (23-23) at San Diego (24-22)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed May 24, 2006
  • TV: TBS, Ch4
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John Thomson and Chris Young look to continue the trend of strong starting pitching in this series when the Atlanta Braves meet the San Diego Padres in the finale of their three-game series at Petco Park on Wednesday.

Thomson (1-3, 2.76 ERA) allowed one hit and hit a batter while taking a no decision in six scoreless innings of the Braves’ 4-3 loss to the Padres on April 16.

Young (3-2, 3.58 ERA), then pitching for Texas, allowed two hits, a walk and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings of a 7-3 home win over Atlanta on June 13, 2005.

It was the only career appearance against Atlanta (23-23) for Young, acquired in a preseason trade for Adam Eaton.

Thomson comes off the worst of his eight starts this season. He allowed seven runs—six earned—with eight hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings but did not get a decision on Friday in the Braves’ 10-9 road loss to Arizona.

In his last start, Young allowed three runs—all on solo homers. He gave up six hits and two walks and struck out five in six innings, but did not get a decision of the Padres’ 7-4 road loss to Seattle on Friday.

Thomson and Young will follow a showdown where San Diego (24-22) rookie Mike Thompson outdueled Jorge Sosa.

Thompson allowed one run and four hits in seven innings in the Padres’ 2-1 win. Sosa, meanwhile, allowed two runs—one earned—with two hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings.

“To win with two hits, that’s not pretty, but you take it,” said Padres manager Bruce Bochy, whose team won for the second time in eight games and is tied for fourth place, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Arizona. “The ballpark, today it shows—it’s the toughest park to score runs in, so you’re probably going to play some low-scoring games.”

Sosa didn’t allow a base-runner for five of the seven innings he pitched, but Chipper Jones misplayed Josh Barfield’s bases-loaded grounder to allow the winning run to score in the seventh.

A win would have enabled the Braves to go two games above .500 for the first time. They are 1-4 in Petco Field since last season.

The Padres’ Trevor Hoffman converted his eighth save in as many opportunities and No. 444 in his career, 34 short of Lee Smith’s all-time record.

On Monday, John Smoltz allowed six hits and one walk while fanning five in seven scoreless innings in the Braves’ 3-1 win. Jake Peavy fanned a Padres’ record 16 but gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings.

Bochy said Peavy, who threw 114 pitches, has slight tendinitis in his right shoulder.

“There’s no doubt that we did the right thing by me coming out of that game,” Peavy said Tuesday.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Thomson KC vs. C. Young KC
2-7 Record 11-5
4.82 ERA 3.46
46 K 164
32 BB 69
1.56 WHIP 1.13