Th last time Eric Stults took the mound against the Braves, he didn't fare so well. That was less than a week ago, his most recent start, when our Padres traveled to Atlanta for a series at Turner Field. Stults surrendered six runs through six innings of work, resulting in his NL-worst 13th loss of the season. Prior to that, however, he had gone 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his three previous appearances against the Braves. Stults has had a rough season, to put it lightly, and doesn't seem long for the Padres rotation. He'll get another chance against the Braves tonight, but with Cashner's return impending, this is looking like one of his last starts. (At least most of us hope so.)
Tonight's contest will be a complete rematch of last week's with Mike Minor once again taking the mound opposite Stults. Minor allowed three runs on eight hits, lasting 6 2/3 innings against the Friars in that last start. He hasn't had the best season for the Braves either, posting a 5.23 ERA with a 4-6 record in 16 starts.
Tune in at 7:10 PT to see how our Padres look to kick off the month of August.
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