Game 2 was a mirror image of Game 1. For the second time in a row, the runs scored in the first inning were the only ones scored the entire game. Eric Stults seems to have found himself again, he pitched 6.1 innings, striking out 6 and only allowed one run. Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal were responsible for the 2 runs and that was enough to even the series.
After taking the brunt of the abuse from fans and opposing hitters alike, Stults has turned in back to back solid starts against some pretty good teams in the National League with the Atlanta Braves and the Pirates. With the Padres only 7 1/2 games out of the second and final Wild Card spot, if Stults can continue a semi-resurgence, and the bats continue to do enough to win, don’t be surprised if over the next seven weeks, the Friars make things interesting for other contending teams, especially those jockeying for wild card positioning.