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Eric Stults toes the slab against former Friar Jake Peavy

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Our Padres play their penultimate game of the season this afternoon and look to take the advantage in the series against the Giants. It's sure to be an interesting matchup tonight as Eric Stults faces off against former Friar, Jake Peavy.

Stults is coming off one of his stronger outings of the season, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings at home against Colorado to earn the win and prevent a league-leading 18th loss. This will be his fourth start of the season against San Francisco after going 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in his previous three. The one loss in that stretch, however, took place at AT&T Park and was his second shortest outing of the season at 2 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks before exiting the game in the 3rd.

Peavy toes the mound today trying to help the Giants avoid their 10th loss in 14 games. The veteran righty and three-time All Star hit a rough patch earlier this season, going 0-11 with a 5.45 ERA over 16 starts between Boston and SF before August 16th. He's turned around since then, compiling a 6-1 record and 1.31 ERA in eight starts. A win today for Peavy would be his fifth straight - a feat he hasn't accomplished since his career-best year with the Padres in 2007.

Tune in at 1:05 PT today to watch our boys battle a former fan favorite and try to go ahead in the series.