National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 27
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (46-57) at Atlanta Braves (56-48), 5:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Eric Stults (3-12, 5.00)
Atlanta - Mike Minor (3-6, 5.32)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Stults tries to avoid a 13th loss on Sunday when
the San Diego Padres continue their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves
at Turner Field.
Stults lost again on Tuesday in Chicago, as the Cubs reached him for three
runs and six hits in five innings, dropping him to 3-12 on the year to go
along with a 5.00 ERA.
"The first inning of a ballgame for me is the toughest," Stults said. "It took
me a couple innings to settle in. I threw a lot of pitches, but I felt like
getting through that first inning and allowing only one run was a victory for
"I don't know if they have my number. I've had a few really good starts, but
just haven't been able to come out with the win."
Stults, who is 0-8 with a 5.43 ERA in 11 road starts, is 2-2 in seven games (3
starts) versus the Braves with a 2.48 ERA.
Atlanta, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Mike Minor, who has just one win
since May 19. Minor lost for the fourth time in five decisions on Tuesday, as
Miami battered him for six runs and 10 hits in just three-plus innings,
dropping him to 3-6 on the year, while raising his ERA to 5.32.
"I had a good mindset coming in after the break," Minor said. "It was one of
those things where you come in and you feel like this is a clean slate and
we're going to try to have a good second half here. Then, I come out and give
up [10 hits]. We scored five runs. We should have won the game."
It was the third time in his last eight starts that he was unable to complete
five innings, during which time he's produced a 7.65 ERA.
"I am a little concerned because we've seen so much better than that and we've
seen a couple of good outings and then one like tonight and then a couple of
good outings, so we'll keep working, we'll keep trying to work it out because
he's a big part, a big piece of our rotation right now," Atlanta manager Fredi
Minor's struggles may continue on Sunday, as he is 0-2 in two starts versus
the Padres with a 4.50 ERA.
Atlanta evened this series at a game apiece on Saturday, as Freddie Freeman
had three hits and drove in a run to help the Braves to a 5-3 triumph. Julio
Teheran (10-6) allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out five over six
innings for Atlanta, which won for only the third time in its last eight
"It wasn't the greatest tempo ever," Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella
said of the game. "It's important when playing games like that to grind it out
and come out on top."
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to notch his 31st save of the
Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2) surrendered five runs -- two earned -- on six hits
and five walks over 3 2/3 frames for the Padres, who had a three-game winning
streak stopped. Seth Smith went 3-for-3 and scored a run in defeat.
San Diego has beaten the Braves in eight of the last 11 matchups.
07/27 10:27:08 ET