Hensley handed finale with Nats

Hensley handed finale with Nats

The Padres will be out to spoil a hometown hero's return on Wednesday night at PETCO Park.

Left-hander Matt Chico, who grew up in San Diego, will be on the mound for the Nationals opposing Clay Hensley.

Chico beat the New York Mets in his last start allowing just two runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked a career-low one and struck out three.

Chico threw back-to-back no-hitters for Fallbrook, where he was a 2001 All-American, earning all-state, all-county, all-city and all-Avocado League honors.

Chico, 23, pitched for the University of Southern California and nearby Palomar Community College.

Hensley will be looking to keep his resurgence going.

After losing his first three decisions, Hensley has allowed just two runs in each of his last two starts. He was in line to beat the Dodgers on Friday, but the Padres gave up four runs in the ninth inning and lost, 6-5.

Pitching matchup
WASH: LHP Matt Chico (2-2, 5.70 ERA)
Chico picked up his second win of the season on Friday in a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Coming off a less-than-stellar performance in his previous start -- five earned runs and seven walks over 4 2/3 innings -- Chico battled back and kept the potent Mets lineup in check.

SD: RHP Clay Hensley (1-3, 7.86 ERA)
After losing his first three starts and seeing his ERA climb past 12.00, Hensley has looked sharp in his past two starts. His outing against the Dodgers on Friday was certainly his best outing of the season, as he allowed two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He had four walks but had good movement on his curveball, a pitch he used plenty in getting five strikeouts.

Player to watch
Khalil Greene hit safely in 18 of his first 25 games. He had 17 extra-base hits during the stretch, tied for second in the National League. He has 11 doubles along with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• Channel 4/Cablemas

On radio
• 1090 AM/105.7 FM XX, 860 AM XEMO (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Padres (RHP Greg Maddux, 2-2, 3.86) at Marlins (LHP Dontrelle Willis, 5-1, 5.35) 4:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Padres (LHP David Wells, 1-1, 6.23) at Marlins (RHP Sergio Mitre, 0-2, 3.97) 4:05 p.m. PT

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.