Major League Baseball
Preview
San Diego at San Francisco
When: 10:15 PM ET, Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

The San Diego Padres have split the first four contests of their six-game road trip and look to notch a second straight victory when they visit the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. The Padres blanked the Giants 5-0 in the series opener on Monday after losing two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road.

Jose Pirela homered as part of his 10th three-hit performance of the campaign and Franmil Reyes drove in two runs while recording his fifth two-hit effort in 10 games to lead the Padres' 12-hit attack in the series opener. Wil Myers notched two hits for the third time in four contests and Hunter Renfroe recorded a run-scoringI single for his 40th RBI since the start of August. The Giants have dropped five straight games and are a miserable 4-17 this month. San Francisco fired general manager Bobby Evans prior to the game - he will be reassigned in the organization - and CEO Larry Baer said the club with be "looking for someone that sort of is the 'next-gen' general manager, if you will."

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, FS San Diego, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres LH Robbie Erlin (4-7, 4.33 ERA) vs. Giants RH Chris Stratton (10-10, 4.88)

Erlin defeated the Giants on Wednesday, when he allowed three runs and five hits over five innings. The 27-year-old lost his previous four outings, posting a porous 7.85 ERA during that stretch. Erlin is 1-3 with a 5.64 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) against San Francisco.

Stratton lost when matched up against Erlin last week as he surrendered five runs and six hits over three innings. The 27-year-old tossed his first career shutout in his previous outing as he limited Colorado to two hits while registering seven strikeouts. Stratton is 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts against the Padres this season and 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in five career appearances (four starts).

WALK-OFFS

1. San Diego 1B Eric Hosmer is batting just .222 in 72 at-bats this month.

2. San Francisco OF Hunter Pence recorded two hits in the series opener and is 7-for-18 over his last five contests.

3. Renfroe has belted eight home runs in September and 17 in his last 44 games.

PREDICTION: Giants 5, Padres 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Diego 63-94 W1 29-49 34-45 15-17 16-18 25-46 7-13
San Francisco 72-85 L5 41-35 31-50 16-17 11-22 37-34 8-12
Last Meeting
San Diego San Francisco
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/24/18 SD 5 SF 0 .308 1 .777 .212 0 .520
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Diego J. Pirela .259 14 .724
San Francisco B. Crawford .351 20 .933
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Diego H. Renfroe 3 4 8
San Francisco E. Longoria 2 7 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Diego 3.31 .236 152
San Francisco 3.54 .253 139
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Diego E. Hosmer .250 149 .708
San Francisco B. Crawford .256 133 .720
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Diego H. Renfroe 25 51 67
San Francisco E. Longoria 16 51 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Diego 4.48 .235 1343
San Francisco 3.87 .241 1226