Jul 27, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Stults struggled in one, long inning in Sunday’s loss. He allowed 6 runs in the bottom of the third, and that was the difference as the Braves went on to win 8-3. Besides that dismal 3rd inning, he only allowed one other hit without a run. He ended up pitching 6 innings to spare the bullpen. His ERA is now 5.22 and he has tied former Padre, now Twin Kevin Correia for the most losses in Major League Baseball with 13. Stults moves to 0-9 on the road this year. Rene Rivera and Solarte both hit home runs. Rivera hit his 8th of the year in the 6th inning and Solarte hit his first as a Padre and his 7th of the year in the 3rd inning. Both round-trippers were off of starter Mike Minor. 3 different Braves had 2 RBI games and they hit 4 doubles total.
Minor pitched well in 6.2 innings, striking out 6 while allowing 3 runs. The Braves added two more runs as Torres struggled for the second consecutive night. The Padres could have easily scored more than 3 runs in this game, but they struck out 10 times and only walked twice and the team was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.