The Padres' win streak ended at seven games as the Giants evened up the series last night. Tonight Eric Stults will go for his third straight victory and try to lead San Diego to its first series win at AT&T Park since 2010. The lefty has kept opposing batters to just five earned runs and a .167 average while issuing only one walk over his last four starts, spanning 31 total innings. In five of his last six starts, he's limited opponents to two runs or less while pitching at least seven innings, including a complete-game two-hitter his last time out against the NL-West-leading Diamondbacks. Stults is a career 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 13 starts against San Francisco, but has struggled against them this season. He pitched in both series in April and went 0-1 with 8.18 ERA over the two games.
Madison Bumgarner will make his second start of the season against San Diego. The last time the Padres visited the Giants at AT&T Park, Bumgarner pitched six innings of two-run ball, collecting 10 strikeouts, but not factoring into the decision. He also struck out 10 in his most recent start, when he limited the Braves to just two hits in seven shutout innings after taking a no-hitter into the 6th for his second straight win. Prior to his last two starts, he had gone through a rough stretch of four starts in which he went 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA. In his one home start during that stretch, however, he allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings of work.
After leapfrogging the Giants in the standings to get to third place in the NL West on Monday, the Padres have found themselves back in fourth following last night's loss. But they can reverse that once more and stay above .500 with a victory today.