Eric Stults will make his San Diego debut tonight as the
12th 9th Padres pitcher to start a game this season.
Another tough loss last night means a two-game losing streak for our Padres coming into tonight's game. Jered Weaver dominated our lineup, limiting our Padres to three hits in his seven innings of work. He allowed a solo home run to Will Venable in the sixth inning, and then gave up back-to-back walks and an RBI groundout to Alexi Amarista in the seventh. However, those were the only two runs our Padres scored last night. Jeff Suppan seems to be coming back down to Earth after 2-0 start to the season. He allowed a season-high four runs on six hits. He had no strikeouts and allowed a season-high five walks (one intentional). Luke Gregerson and Miles Mikolas combined for three shutout innings. However, Brad Brach wasn't so successful. With a 4-2 Angels lead going into the 9th inning, a win still seemed to be in reach for our Padres. But the Angels scored three runs off Brach in the top of the 9th and we couldn't get anything off Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the inning. Tonight our Padres will try to bounce back and stop the losing streak at two games.
Dan Haren will take the mound for the Angels. Haren hasn't had the best season so far. His last start saw him give up four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings against the A's. Prior to that, he only lasted 3 2/3 innings while giving up five runs on eight hits in two walks. He is just 1-4 on the season and is riding a three-game losing streak. He will be looking to get his second win of the season tonight, and after our last couple of games he'll probably be fairly confident.
Making the start for our Padres in his San Diego debut will be Eric Stults, a lefty who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Tuesday. He was announced as today's starter after it was revealed that Tim Stauffer is returning to the disabled list after making his first and only start of the season in the Washington series. Stults started the season as a reliever but he did make one start for Chicago. He has appeared in games twice for the White Sox this season, including that one start, and has allowed a combined two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He has 25 career starts under his belt and an all-time MLB record of 8-10. In a season plagued with injury, our Padres have already had to send out
11 8 different starters, with Stults being the 12th 9th. Hopefully he can help out our rotation and our lineup can start to click tonight so we can claim victory and even up the series with the Angels.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!