National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (58-53) vs. San Diego Padres (50-60), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.43)
San Diego - Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.60)
(SportsNetwork.com) - When you start getting mentioned in the same paragraphs
as Clayton Kershaw, you know you are tasting some success as a National League
San Diego starter Tyson Ross can continue that recent run on Sunday afternoon
when the Padres attempt to finish off a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves
in the series finale at Petco Park.
The Padres have won six in a row at home against Atlanta.
A winner in three straight starts for the first time in his career, Ross
tossed 19 innings, struck out 24 batters and gave up two hits during that
stretch. For July as a whole, he was 4-2 with 48 strikeouts and a 1.10 earned
run average - the latter of which was second in the NL, behind only Kershaw,
the Dodgers' ace who seems en route to another Cy Young Award.
Ross has pitched eight straight games in which he's lasted at least six
innings and given up two or fewer runs. Only Seattle's Felix Hernandez, at 14,
has a longer active streak.
His ERA at Petco Park this season is a stingy 1.86 and he's surrendered just
one run in his last 25 innings of work at home. But he has never faced the
Atlanta starts veteran Aaron Harang, who's gone seven starts without a loss
while winning four decisions and maintaining an ERA well below 3.00. He was
dinged for four runs on nine hits in six innings of his last start, though he
got a no-decision in the Braves' 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.
He's 3-0 against the Padres -- for whom he pitched in 2011 and won 14 games --
with a 1.35 ERA in his last five starts. The last one came in May 2013, while
he was with Seattle.
Atlanta has managed just 12 runs in its last six games, losing the last five
while falling 2 1/2 games off the pace of the Washington Nationals in the NL's
Jason Heyward is one of the few recently hot hitters, compiling a .377 average
since July 8 and rapping two hits on Saturday after missing four games with a
"It's been four days, but it seems like it's been a month," manager Fredi
On Saturday, Will Venable drove in the winning run with a single in the 12th
inning to get the Padres past the Braves, 3-2. With Craig Kimbrel (0-3) on the
mound, Yangervis Solarte drew a walk. After Seth Smith struck out, walks by
Jedd Gyorko and Chris Nelson loaded the bases for Venable, who lined a shot
over the head of a leaping Heyward in right field.
Solarte also drove in a run and scored twice, while Rene Rivera had two hits
and scored a run for the Padres. Tim Stauffer (3-2) pitched two innings to
earn the win.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI, while Chris Johnson drove in the
other run for the Braves.
Ervin Santana pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits with four
walks and six strikeouts for Atlanta. Ian Kennedy worked five innings in his
start for San Diego, allowing one run on two hits and five walks while
striking out seven.
Though they lost three of four to the Braves last weekend, the Padres did
sweep the club in three games at home a season ago.
08/03 10:36:10 ET