After a win in Game 1 yesterday, the Padres look to secure the series victory over the Braves today. Southpaw Robbie Erlin will get the ball in Game 2, making his first appearance since September 3rd. Since being recalled, Erlin has made two solid starts, going 1-0 while giving up just three runs total in 11 1/3 innings. It's an improvement from his first six outings (four starts) this year, over which he went 1-2 with a 7.15 ERA. Most of Erlin's struggles, however, have been on the road, where he's posted an 8.62 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances.
Pitching opposite Erlin will be Kris Medlen, who had a rough start to his season but has since come back and been a big help to the Braves down the stretch. He's been especially hot lately, going 7-2 in his last nine games while posting a 2.75 ERA. That includes winning each of his last three starts while keeping opponents to just three combined runs. Today he'll try to build on that, as well as his career success against San Diego. In six outings (two starts) against the Padres, he is 2-2 but has posted a 1.33 ERA in those games. Both of his starts against them were phenomenal, as he combined for 17 scoreless innings.
See how Erlin fares against the NL East leaders and whether or not Medlen can keep the Padres scoreless once again. Game time is set for 4:10 this afternoon.