NFL game preview of San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners from 06/17/14
(SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Stults will attempt to win for the first time in over a month on Tuesday when the San Diego Padres wrap up the road portion of their four-game home-and-home series with the Seattle Mariners.
Stults has not won since May 10, losing five decisions in a row. He picked up his third straight losing start on Thursday at Philadelphia, charged with four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.
The left-hander is 2-8 with a 5.79 earned run average on the year and has had little room for error as of late. San Diego has scored just six runs in his most recent five setbacks.
Stults is 0-6 with a 5.44 ERA in eight starts on the road this year and is set to face the Mariners for the second time. He would love to duplicate his first encounter as the 34-year-old hurled eight innings of one-run, three-hit ball in San Diego on May 29 of last year. Stults also fanned a career-high 12 without a walk in the no-decision.
Seattle counters with Roenis Elias, who faces the Padres for the first time looking to improve on his 1-3 record and 4.54 ERA in seven outings at home.
The 25-year-old rookie was aiming for a third straight winning start on Thursday against the New York Yankees, but was defeated 6-3. He gave up all six runs on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings in the shortest outing of his season.
"I thought he had some good stuff," Mariners catcher Mike Zunino said of Elias. "Obviously we had a big crowd today, and maybe he was a little excited and ready to go and let that get the best of him a little bit. But I thought his stuff was good, he just left it up a hair."
The left-handed Elias is 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA on the year and will try to pitch his club to a third straight victory after Seattle won Monday's opener 5-1 in a sad day for the San Diego franchise.
The Padres lost for the seventh time in eight games not long after learning of the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at the age of 54 following a battle with salivary gland cancer.
The two teams paid tribute to Gwynn despite the game being in Seattle, with the Mariners putting Gwynn's No. 19 on the infield dirt between third base and shortstop. There was also a video tribute played before the game.
"Even though we're away from San Diego, I think the Mariners did a good job of putting Tony out there," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Black, though, saw his offense limited to just one run -- a homer by Carlos Quentin in the ninth inning -- while Seattle got a three-run shot from Kyle Seager.
Seattle's Chris Young struck out six and scattered four hits and walked one over six scoreless innings against his former team, helping the Mariners post back-to-back wins following a five-game slide.
"Any fun about pitching against them disappeared this morning with the news of Tony passing," said Young, who pitched with the Padres from 2006-10 and was facing them for the first time.
Tyson Ross surrendered five runs on seven hits and seven walks over 5 2/3 frames for San Diego, which will host Seattle for two games beginning on Wednesday.
San Diego split four games with the Mariners last season.